Distribution modelling of Lutra lutra (Eurasian otter) in the UK: SOS MSci Poster Conference

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Abstract

Lutra lutra remain a high priority species despite recent increases in UK populations. For effective conservation, it is key to know the distribution and causal factors influencing populations. Species distribution models (SDMs) have become increasingly important as a cost-effective means to identify favourable habitat for species. The observations of L. lutra between 2001-2015 were assessed and influence of ecological drivers investigated (MaxENT). Sex-specific analysis was also used to determine the strength of the difference in habitat preference between genders. This study aims to provide a baseline of L. lutra habitat suitability throughout the UK and expose areas for future conservation in habitat management and research efforts.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • habitat suitability modeling
  • MaxEnt
  • distribution modelling
  • OTTERS LUTRA-LUTRA

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