Books and substantive reports
Both of these books are long out of date although they are still well-regarded
and consulted. Second hand copies of the first are usually available from
Amazon at reasonable prices. The publishers are considering making the
Croom Helm series available as eBooks and via Print on Demand, though
this has not yet reached fruition. A second edition of the Whittet book
is in preparation and will be available in 2011.
1985. The Natural History of Otters. Croom Helm, Kent. 179pp.
1994. Otters. Whittet Books, London 128pp.
A series of three publications arose from the
EU funded 'Life in UK Rivers' project:
Chanin 2003. Ecology
of the European otter. Conserving Natura 2000 Rivers Ecology Series
No 10. Peterborough, English Nature.
Chanin and Smith 2003. Monitoring
the otter Lutra lutra. Conserving Natura 2000 Rivers Monitoring
Series No 10. Peterborough, English Nature.
Chanin 2005. Otter
surveillance in SACs: testing the protocol. English Nature Research
Report No 664. Peterborough: English Nature.
This report describes work that Michael Woods and I supervised,
some of which is used as a basis for methods recommended in the Dormouse
Conservation handbook (to which we also contributed).
Chanin and Woods 2003. Surveying
using nest tubes: results and experiences from the South West Dormouse
Project. English Nature Research Report No 524. Peterborough:
Co-author of Otters 1977 and Otters 1979. Reports of the
Joint Otter Group (NCC/SPNC)
Chanin and Jefferies, 1978. The decline of
the otter Lutra lutra in Britain: an analysis of hunting records and discussion
of causes. Biol J Linn Soc 10, 305 - 328
Chanin and Linn, 1980. The diet of the feral mink in southwest Britain.
J. Zoology: 192, 205-223
Chanin, 1981. The diet of the otter and its relations with the feral
mink in two arrears of Southwest England. Acta Theriologica: 26, 83-95.
Chanin, 1981. The feral mink - natural history, movements and control.
Nature in Devon: 2, 33-54
Lenton, Chanin and Jefferies, 1981. Otter survey of England 1977 -
1979. Nature Conservancy Council, London. 75pp
Jeffries, Chanin and Lenton, 1983. The decline of the otter Lutra
lutra L. in England and a survey of its present status and distribution.
Journal of the Otter Trust 1983, 13-17
Chanin, 1990. The Eurasian Otter. in the Handbook of British Mammals.
ed. Harris and Corbett.
Strachan, Birks, Chanin and Jefferies 1990. Otter Survey of England
1984-87. Nature Conservancy Council.
Strachan, Jefferies and Chanin, 1996. Pine Marten Survey of England
and Wales. Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
Conroy, Chanin and Melisch, 1998. The distribution and status of the
Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) in Asia - a Preliminary Review.
IUCN Otter Specialists Group Bulletin. 15; 15-29.
Coxon, Chanin, Dallas and Sykes, 1998. The Use of DNA Fingerprinting
to Study the Population Dynamics of Otters (Lutra lutra) in Southern
Britain: A Feasibility Study. Environment Agency R&D Project W1
Jansman, Chanin and Dallas, 2001. Monitoring otter populations by DNA
typing of spraints. IUCN Otter Specialists Group Bulletin. 18; 12-19
Conroy and Chanin, 2002. The distribution and status of the Eurasian
otter (Lutra lutra) - a review. Proceedings of the Otter Toxicology
Conference, Skye 2000. Ed. Conroy, Gutleb and Yoxon.
Chanin and Coxon, 2002. DNA fingerprinting of otter spraint. Proceedings
of the Otter Toxicology Conference, Skye 2000. Ed. Conroy, Gutleb and
Dallas, Coxon, Sykes, Chanin et al., 2003. Similar estimates of population
genetic composition and sex ratio derived from carcasses and faeces of
Eurasian otter Lutra lutra. Molecular Ecology 12, 275-282
Bonesi, Chanin and Macdonald, 2004. Competition between Eurasian otter
Lutra lutra and American mink Mustela vison probed by niche
shift. Oikos 106:19-26.
Chanin, 2006. Otter road casualties. Hystrix, It. J. Mamm. 17.
Chanin, P & Gubert, L. 2011. Surveying hazel dormice
(Muscardinus avellanarius) with tubes and boxes: a comparison.
Mammal Notes 4 pp1-6
Chanin, P &
Gubert, L. 2012. Common
dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius) movements in a landscape fragmented
by roads. Lutra 55 pp3-15
Presentations and other contributions
2007. Otter Mitigation: Precautionary principles, legal liabilities
and minimising mortality; is it really necessary? Presentation at
The Mammal Society Autumn symposium "Advances in Ecological Impact
Assessment and Mitigation for Mammals". London
2008. From Alice's wonderland to Tarka's travels: Separating fact from
fiction in the conservation of rare British mammals. Talk for the
Bicton Rural Academy summer series of lectures.
2008. Life beside the fast lane: Dormouse ecology in roadside habitat.
Presentation at the 8th International Dormouse Conference, Somerset.
2009. What's the use of otter surveys? Presentation at the IUCN
Otter Specialists Group workshop on "Otters and Environmental Impact
Assessments". Cottbus, Germany.