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We have gathered decades of scientific research from Great Britain, continental Europe and North America to share with people interested in diving deeper into the world of beavers.

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Beaver Abundance and Beaver Site Use in a Hilly Landscape (Eastern Lithuania)

Published by: Acta Zoologica Lituanica

10th March 2003

This study monitored changes in beaver population and habitat for 18 years across an area of 2,400 hectares in Eastern Lithuania. Over this period, population density has increased six-fold and the number of abandoned beaver sites increased dramatically. Beavers adapted to the hilly environment by not staying very long in any one site and re-occupying abandoned sites, often within a few years of abandonment.

Exploring the ecology of suburban wildlife

Published by: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

1st March 2003

Focussed on the USA, this article sets out how suburban expansion affects landscapes, the wildlife within them, and human perceptions of that wildlife. Some species, like beavers, thrive to the point of being perceived as pests due to property damage and safety risks. The study sets out the importance of wildlife management research to consider suburban areas, noting an educational opportunity and the complexity of understanding these ecosystems as being for humans and wildlife.

New resinicolous ascomycetes from beaver scars in western North America

Published by: Annales Botanici Fennici

1st January 2003

This paper describes three newly-classified species of fungi in the USA. These fungi grow in the resin of conifer trees which collects in the scars created by beavers. One of the species of fungi is also found in Northern Europe.

Subspecies of the European beaver Castor fiber Linnaeus, 1758

Published by: Acta Theriologica

1st January 2003

The classification of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) into subspecies has been muddled due to inconsistencies in following naming rules. This has led to confusion both in nomenclature and taxonomy and may limit the chances of successful reintroductions. This paper explores this history and concludes by recognising and listing nine subspecies of the Eurasian beaver: C. f. fiber, C. f. galliae, C. f. albicus, C. f. vistulanus, C. f. pohlei, C. f. birulai, C. f. tuvinicus, C. f. belorussicus, and C. f. orientoeuropaeus.

The Beaver: Natural History of a Wetlands Engineer

Published by: Cornell University Press

1st January 2003

This book has received great reviews for its accessible writing style and visual style - with the authors including many of their own photos. As the name suggests, there is particular detail on the history of beavers, including how beaver meadows provided early colonisers in North America with level, fertile land for agriculture. It also explores the diversity of beaver ancestors, including now-extinct species of beaver which were as large as bears. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

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