SOG Publication 1

A Review of Otter Records from the Brue valley, 1970-2000

Published July 2001

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SOG Publication 2

Otters in Somerset

A Factual guide for anglers and pond owners

Published 2007

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SOG Publication 3

Introductory Pack for New Members

Published 2007

The need to survey for otters
Aims and objectives of the SOG
Where to look for spraints and tracks
Otter signs
Padding diagram
Annotated pad marks
Safety precautions and Health considerations
Notes on filling in forms
What to do with a dead otter

SOG Publication 4

Recent Research into Somerset Otters

12 factual papers, Published 2010

Contents to Research papers. 
The otter population of the river Tone in Somerset – James Williams
Somerset otter surveys 2006 – Evidence of a decline – Somerset Otter Group
Otter deaths in Somerset – Lucy Mead
Axe Valley otter survey – James Williams
Otters on the River Avill Catchment – Janet Dixon
2 day co-ordinated surveys of Somerset – Somerset Otter Group
Otters 100 years ago – JamesWilliams
Otters found with bile fluke – Evidence – Lucy Mead

An investigation into the distribution of the bile-fluke Psuedamphistomum truncatum, by the presence of egg spraints – A summary of a dissertation by Simone Gentner

The importance of birds in the diet of otter Lutra lutra on Shapwick Heath (an edited and condensed version) – Daniel de la Hey

Do Eurasian otters Lutra lutra (L.) prey preferentially on non-native fish species? – Summary of original paper by Rafael Miranda, Gordon H. Copp, James Williams, Kathleen Beyer and Rodolphe E. Gozlan

Daily recording at Stoford Manor – James Williams

SOG Publication 5

Introductory pack for surveyors

Published 2014 Reprinted 2018

Introduction and Camera Traps
The need to survey for otters
An extract of survey results 2016 & 2017
2017 Survey Results
The work of the Somerset Otter Group
Current threats to otters in Somerset
SOG Strategic Plan 2016 – 2025
Survey Methods
Daily Recording
Otter Signs
James Williams
Safety Precautions and health considerations
What to do with a dead otter
Breeding Records
Notes on filling in forms

SOG Publication 6

Otters in Somerset – A factual guide

Published 2015

Adapted from an original text by James Williams (publication 2)

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SOG Publication 7

In Search of Somerset’s Otters

Published 2015

Article by James Williams informing about Somerset Otters

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The Otter Among Us

by James Williams

Published by Tiercel in 2000

(short-listed for the Wildlife Book of the Year prize)

The Otter

by James Williams

Published by Merlin Unwin in 2010


Christmas cards and blank cards

A5 and A6 size

Back page from both carry a quote from James Williams

Front page of blank card