1993: A guide to the identification of prey remains in otter spraint
8%) samples were collected as a solitary spraint
and 115 (74.
It is my intention to 'blitz' a large number of sites across the whole county with the aid of volunteer surveyors and collect spraint
(otter droppings) from these locations.
These sites could be bridges, or rocks where an otter regularly leaves spraint
, their droppings, food remains or a patch of mud where it is easy to see tracks.
We used two methods to present the results of spraint
analysis: the percentage of the estimated number of individuals of a prey category relative to the total number of prey individuals (this technique was used for assessment of similarity between diet and available prey) and the percentage of the estimated total biomass of individuals of a prey category relative to the total biomass of all categories (Pierce & Boyle 1991).
is the name given for which creature's dung?
site was surrounded by water at three sites and the remaining was connected to land leading to the embankment.
It was Mr Sanders's keen nose and eyes which first spotted the spraint
under the A45 road bridge between Whitley and Baginton.
Ray finds an animal track across a road and even sniffs an otter jobby, called a spraint
, in the hunt for his quarry.
Leela O'Dea, British Waterways environmental project officer, said the animals had been spotted after spraint
- an otter's way of marking its territory with faeces - was found.
Each day she checks the stream for otter spraint
- that's droppings to you and me.
is quite soft,and hardens and loses its colour with time, so it's possible to tell how recently an otter has been in any particular area.