Insights into otter diet from spraint analysis.

The accuracy of five different methods used in spraint analysis for extimating prey proportions is tested through a feeding experiment with three otters in captivity. Estimated prey proportions are copared to the actual diet of the otters.

Otter spraint analysis Moors for the Future have a new Community Science Project, looking for signs of mammals in the uplands, the Tails of the Uplands Survey. (Follow the link for details of how to get involved and training courses available.).

Community Science: Analysing otter spraint.

Otters have an acute sense of smell, hearing and eyesight. Its eyes are placed at the top of the head, so it can remain alert whilst the rest of the body is underwater. They communicate via whistles, twittering noises and spitting sounds, which can be heard at night when it is quiet and still.Stanza 1 Analysis: This woman is the cause rather than effect. She's in control in this place of romance. Her swimming is beyond rhythm and beauty. Stanza 7: And suddenly you're out, Back again, intent as ever, Heavy and frisky in your freshened pelt, Printing the stones. Stanza.Spraint analysis accurately determined the rank order of prey groups for individual otters and for all four combined. However, few of the true proportions consumed fell within the 95% confidence limits calculated from spraints.


The light of Tuscany wavered And swung through the pool When you plunged From top to bottom. I loved your wet head and smashing crawl, unclear who Turning to swim on your back, Each silent, thigh-shaking kick Re-tilting the light, imagery light-refers to the way water bends light.DNA analysis of spraint can be used and it is becoming less of an expensive option. However, the spraint has to be very fresh for analysis and the number of spraints needed to give good results is high. The Cardiff University Otter Project has been researching into the possibility of scent analysis of spraint as a means of identifying individuals.

In the case of two cryptic, co-occurring South African otter species, namely the Cape Clawless otter (Aonyx capensis) and the spotted necked otter (Lutra maculicollis), faeces (spraint) is used as a means of determining presence, space use and diet (Arden-Clarke, 1986, Van Niekerk et al., 1998, Perrin and Carugati, 2000, Angelici et al., 2005). However, due to similar diets the spraint can.

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The diet of otters Lutra lutra was studied by spraint analysis in six river and stream habitats in eastern Poland. In all of them fish were the staple food of otters, constituting from 29 % to 96.

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Otters also have an acute sense of smell! 6: NEVER BAIT AREAS OR OTTERS. Doing so may change otter behaviour patterns and will be VERY detrimental to the species. 7: Never remove spraints (dung). These are very important, as they are used to communicate with other otters. 8: Stay aware. Please remain aware of how the otter is behaving.

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Buy A Guide to the Identification of Prey Remains in Otter Spraints (Mammal Society Occasional Publications) 3rd Revised edition by J.W.H. Conroy, James Watt, J.B. Webb, A. Jones, Ruth Pollitt, Guy Troughton, Anna Jones (ISBN: 9780906282557) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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Otter spraint analysis. (Jean B Webb) Home. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. Search. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or Search WorldCat. Find items in libraries near you. Advanced Search Find a Library.

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ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OTTERS (LUTRA LUTRA) IN LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK. methods of diet analysis show that the most frequently occurring prey in spraints was the ruffe but there were small differences in the rank abundance of cyprinids and eel (Fig. 2). Fig 2. Frequency of occurrence of fish in otter spraints.

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Define spraint. spraint synonyms, spraint pronunciation, spraint translation, English dictionary definition of spraint. n a piece of otter's dung Spraint - definition of spraint by The Free Dictionary.

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Knowledge of the effect of habitat type and region on diet and feeding behaviours of a species facilitates a better understanding of factors impacting populations, which contributes to effective conservation management. Using spraint analysis and relative frequency of occurrence data from the literature, we described the dietary patterns of Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) in 23 study sites.

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Direct monitoring methods include camera trapping and radio-tracking; indirect monitoring methods include track surveys, spraint surveys and molecular scatology (genetic analysis of spraint material). Spraint and track survey have been used since the 1970s in National Surveys to assess the rate of otter recovery. However, while most of these methods can contribute information on population.

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