Wildlife Research and Conservation


Lukáš Poledník, Václav Beran, Štěpán Zápotočný, Kateřina Poledníková


Bulletin Vydra 18

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A study of Eurasian otter distribution in the Czech Republic was carried out in autumn 2021. The survey

was based on monitoring of otter signs at four to six sites (mainly bridges) per quadrant of 11,2 x 12 km

(S-JTSK grid). The entire territory of the country was surveyed. During the survey 2501 sites were

controlled, 2033 of them being positive. In total, 96 % of quadrants are regularly occupied by otters and

additional 3 % of quadrants show “irregular” occurrence. The rest of the territory (1 % of quadrants) is

without otter presence. More detaiedl analysis shows that in some areas the otter population has slightly

increased and in others has slightly decreased. The causes may be different in different areas.

Open publication "Distribution of the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra L.) population in the Czech Republic in 2021" (, PDF)