Over the past 15 years Dr Daniel Allen has carried out research on historical otter hunting, the emergence of otter conservation and protection, and contemporary otter welfare issues - establishing a reputation as a leading UK expert on otters. Daniel is a member of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group, and Media and Policy Advisor for the UK Wild Otter Trust (UKWOT, charity 1167746).
Daniel’s first book Otter, which was released in September 2010, helped raise awareness for the species, and provided an exciting new way of understanding the animal. Daniel's latest paper, 'An incredibly vile sport': Campaigns against Otter Hunting in Britain, 1900-39 was published in Rural History journal in April 2016.
In September 2016 Daniel helped UKWOT secure the first Natural England initiative class licence to live capture and relocate otters trapped inside fenced fisheries.
Daniel is currently leading a project about fisheries, predation and the protected otter in Britain. This research explores the relationships between fisheries, anglers, otter conservationists, water authorities, policy makers and the otter.