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16 October 2018 - Nominations for Otter Oscars

Submitted by: Grace

2018 Otter Oscar Award

We are now inviting nominations for the 2018 Otter Oscars.

As before the categories are:

• Children (aged 12 years or under as at 1 December 2018)
• Young People (aged 13 – 18 years as at 1 December 2018).
• Group/Organisation – For example school, natural history group, Scouts/Guides, etc.
• Community Achievement – Any activity carried out in 2018 which involves local communities in otter conservation.
• Research – Open to amateur or professional researchers for work carried out during 2018.
• Photography/Artwork – Open to amateur or professional photographers. All photos must have been taken during 2018.
• Special Award – Open to anyone who has made a lifelong commitment to otter conservation

Applications/nominations can be made in more than one category, providing the outlined criteria are met.

You can click here for the nomination form and you have until Friday 23 November to submit your nomination.

Results will be announced on Monday 3 December 2018.

If you have any question please contact

08 October 2018 - IOSF to be featured on BBC Countryfile

Submitted by: Grace

Our otter from Kylerhea was ready for release and we were delighted to have the opportunity to do this with Matt Baker and the Countryfile team.

The otter came in at the end of July but was not a young cub. He was about 10 months old but still too young and inexperienced to be on his own. He was very thin and lethargic when he arrived but after a couple of months of feeding he was now big and strong and ready for another chance in the wild.

The weather was perfect for the release - it had been foul the day before but on Friday it was sunny and clear.

Going to release site in Kylerhead

The release site in Kylerhea was so beautiful and the Countryfile team were simply overwhelmed with the scenery.

Kylerhea release

We are sure he recognised immediately that he was home. Often the otters just lie quietly in the box until the door is opened but he was up at the door raring to go.

Within seconds he was in the water and we could see the water cascading off his waterproof coat. With no hesitation he swam off quickly towards the right, every so often making a brief dive. He definitely seemed to know where he was going.

Unfortunately we couldn't take any photos of him swimming away as we were being filmed but you can watch the whole release on BBC1 Countryfile at 17.55 on Sunday 21 October and it is repeated again at lunchtime the following Sunday.

BBC Countryfile

Thanks to Matt and the team for their help in telling people about our otter work.

04 October 2018 - Please remember the otters on World Animal day

Submitted by: Grace

Today is World Animal Day and we must make sure we remember our otters.

Oscar 2 a

Oscar 2 here is doing very well and seems to have grown every time we look in to him!

You can also catch up with all our news in our latest e-update

It includes a progress report on this tiny otter being cared for in Finland.

Finland otter

01 October 2018 - New arrival at our Skye sanctuary

Submitted by: Grace

Oscar 2

Look who has arrived from the Scottish Borders. Once again Shona, from Arthurshiel Wildlife Rescue took care of the tiny cub until he was ready to travel up to Skye – this is the fourth cub she has helped us with, including Mel. She warned us that although he looks cute he does have an “attitude” and she is right! He may look gorgeous but he has a fiery temper and makes it quite clear that he doesn’t want anyone near him! But this is a good sign as it shows his true wild nature.

His finder named him Oscar, but to avoid confusion with another Oscar, he is called Oscar 2.