Skye-based Otter group marks 25th anniversary

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November will see the 25th anniversary of the Skye-based International Otter Survival Fund.

Headquartered in Broadford, the fund now numbers supporters in 56 countries, and has supported projects in 44 countries and treated more than 200 cubs and injured otters at its hospital on Skye.

Now one of the world’s leading otter charities in the UK, the fund is the only charity solely dedicated to the conservation, protection and care of otters based on a quarter of a century of scientific research in the UK and around the world.

The fund’s head of operations, Dr Paul Yoxon, told us the reasons behind Skye being chosen as a base for the fund a quarter of a century ago.

‘We came on a field trip to Skye in 1979 and just wanted to live there. We watched our first otter in 1980 and fell in love with them,’ he explained.

‘We have managed to run an international charity on Skye because it keeps us in touch with the reality of seeing them nearly every day in the wild – in London, commercially, it would have been easier, but we would have been so far removed from the animals.’

The fund will celebrate its 25th anniversary on November 16.