Closure... and reopening
When lockdown was first announced back in March, the Cardiff university buildings closed, and like many people the way of working for the otter project team changed to being at home. The otter project had to stop post mortems and stop taking otter deliveries.
Lockdown has led to the largest, and most widespread change in human behaviour in the last century, so what has the ‘anthro-pause’ meant for otters in the UK and the Otter Project? Immediately, less traffic means fewer RTAs (road traffic accidents), however less traffic also means less reporting and collecting of dead otters, and these factors will be difficult to tease apart. More practically, it means no placement students this year, so instead the PhD students will be taking on more of the roles to help Liz (project manager) conduct PMs and generally manage the project.
For more information and to sign up to the otter newsletter see: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/otter-project/news. The newsletter is full of fascinating information about the project and a few gruesome images* too!
Image courtesy of the otter project shows an otter post mortem *the newsletter images are much more gruesome than this!