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Monitoring the use of artificial log pile otter holts using hair analysis from bedding

Cowell, D., Thomas, G., Liles, G., Bradshaw, A., Midgley, L. and Slater, Frederick 2001. Monitoring the use of artificial log pile otter holts using hair analysis from bedding. Iucn Otter Specialist Group Bulletin 18 (1) , pp. 6-10.

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Abstract

Nineteen, approximately ten year old log pile holts (LPH) in mid-Wales, UK, were dismantled prior to reconstruction and any bedding from couches removed for analysis. The plant material making up the bedding was identified and animal guard hairs contained within it were determined to species. The bedding material simply consisted of opportunistically available material with little evident selection. Hairs of cow and sheep were clearly brought in with the bedding but it is suggested that hairs of otter, badger, fox, dog, cat, American mink and polecat indicate use of the LPH by the species concerned. A possible pine marten record is also considered.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Publisher: IUCN Otter Specialist Group
ISSN: 1023-9030
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:16
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/50276

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