UK Wild Otter Trust
2007. Dave Webb
Dave Webb, from Devon, has pioneered the conservation of wild otters in the UK for over 40 years, running the country’s leading specialist rehab centre for orphaned cubs from his garden.
Dave founded the ‘UK Wild Otter Trust’ in 2016, which has quickly become one of the most respected conservation groups in Britain. As well as rescuing and rehabilitating the animals ready to be released back into the wild, through the charity Dave also works to raise awareness of otter habitats and help prevent harm to wildlife, particularly among the angling community and fishing industry. He has successfully secured the UK’s first humane trapping licence for otters, regarded by wildlife experts as a ground-breaking step in conservation and which are vital in helping to move otters from areas of harm.
In a personal letter to Dave, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:
“Starting out in your back garden, your charity ‘UK Wild Otter Trust’ has become one of the most respected conservation groups in Britain.
“You are not only helping to rescue endangered otter cubs, but also working with fishery owners and anglers to raise awareness of otter habitats and prevent future harm to our precious wildlife.”
His local MP Selaine Saxby Member of Parliament for North Devon:
“Massive congratulations to the inspiring Dave Webb. Northern Devon is home to Tarka the Otter, and the Wild Otter Trust ensure this iconic creature continues to thrive in our waterways.”
“I am honoured to be recognised for the work that we do with otters. The whole team work so hard and it’s an honour to receive this award from the Prime Minister when there are so many deserving people out there.”
See more about the ‘UK Wild Otter Trust’.