Citizen Science

To understand our natural world we need to gather information about species and their habitats.

Citizen scientists are volunteers who help to collect data for research programmes at the same time gaining invaluable  knowledge, whilst also helping to increase our understanding on how to best conserve and protect species and habitats. Citizen scientists play an invaluable role in scientific research and greatly contribute to the conservation and protection of wildlife species and the habitats in which they live.

Recording Irish Otters- Become an Otter Spotter!

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The Otter Spotter is a Cork Nature Network initiative. The project was initially piloted in Tralee and Galway City and has since expanded to a national remit. All data is sent to the National Biodiversity Data Centre, contributing to the National Otter Survey

There are online training videos on this page, with information on the project.  The videos explain the importance of the project and how to look for signs of otter. There is also a video which explains how to submit your record. It is especially important for us if you could record times when you are looking for Otters and you can’t find any traces of them.

 We invite and encourage you to become a Citizen Scientist and help us map the distribution of otters in your area.

Additional information on river barriers and human disturbance will help us understand how otter activity is related to these factors. We are also recording the presence of American Mink. 

Your records will contribute to National Otter Survey efforts and data be supplied to the National Biodiversity Data Centre.


Did you go Otter Spotting? Click here to fill out our Otter Spotter form and let us know what you found.

Funding Acknowledgement 

IMPETUS is supporting our project. IMPETUS is funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 101058677. Views and opinions expressed are, however, those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency (REA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Data Protection

Cork Nature Network is committed to ensuring the security and protection of the personal information that we process, and to provide a compliant and consistent approach to data protection. We have created this GDPR Compliance Statement to implementing our GDPR compliance program.

Image Credits

Otter feeding

Otter Feeding. Credit: Chris Martin


Otter standing. Stock photo

Otter in natuurpark Lelystad

Otter swimming. Credit: Jan Nijendijk


otter. Credit: Mark Zekhuis

Eurasion otter

otter eating. Credit: Mark Zekhuis

eurasian otter

otter. Credit: Mark Zekhuis

Otter looking surprised

otter in the River Lee. Credit: Chris Martin

Red fox cub

Do you want to find out more?

If you want to find out more, contact us today and we will be more than happy to help.

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