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Sheffield and Peak District Otter DNA Study

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[p][b]Thanks for visiting our fundraising page![/b][/p][p][b]Please donate to help us learn more about the recovery of the otter population in Sheffield and the Peak District.[/b][/p][p]The [url=https://ptes.org/get-informed/facts-figures/otter/]Eurasian otter[/url] underwent a severe decline in the UK due to pollution, habitat loss and persecution, becoming extinct in parts of England. However, bans on pesticides, legal protection provided by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981), improvements in water quality and targeted conservation effort have led to the slow return of the otter to many counties, including Yorkshire and Derbyshire.[/p][p]Staff at the University of Sheffield are appealing for donations to help fund a DNA-based study of otters in Sheffield and the Peak District. Funds will be used to:[/p][p]Create genetic profiles from DNA extracted from otter droppings (spraint) [/p][p]Identify sexes and numbers of otter individuals in the region[/p][p]Detect dispersal, potential hazards and any barriers to connectivity[/p][p]Identify diet to detect landscape factors, any drivers of seasonal movements, and suggest potential habitat improvements[/p][p]Field equipment for surveying and collecting spraint[/p][p]Organise and attend talks and [url=https://sheffieldperegrines.wordpress.com/peregrine-watches/]events[/url] to share knowledge of otters and share the results of the otter study with the public [/p][p]Visit our website to learn more about our work and the aims of this new DNA study.[/p][p][url=https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/molecol/deborah-dawson/sheffieldotterstudy][b]https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/molecol/deborah-dawson/sheffieldotterstudy[/b][/url] [/p][p]First footage of otter in the Peak District can be viewed at [/p][p][url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMz6kW0J48I]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMz6kW0J48I[/url][/p][p][b][i]The University of Sheffield[/i][/b][i] (Exempt Charity No. X1089 – [/i][url=http://www.sheffield.ac.uk][i]http://www.sheffield.ac.uk[/i][/url][i]) is in the top 110 universities in the world, renowned for our excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching. We have a strong commitment to our community through volunteering, fundraising, research and local partnerships. We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.[/i][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

30 Sep 2019


Nov 28, 2017

Sue Stephenson


Nov 17, 2017


Nov 15, 2017


Bring back the beautiful otter! Happy to help research on these cuties.

Nov 13, 2017


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 12, 2017


Great to hear otters are returning to our local rivers. Keep up the good work!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

University Of Sheffield

University Of Sheffield