Otters: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 5 January 2024.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government whether the otter population is growing or declining; and what assessment they have made of the current otter population level.

Photo of Lord Benyon Lord Benyon The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The results from the 2023 national otter surveys are expected to be published mid-2024.The results from the 2010 surveys show a varied picture: in England, the otter population was estimated at 2800 and probably increasing; in Scotland, the population was estimated at 8000 and possibly declining. Survey results from Wales in 2018 showed the population is in decline.

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