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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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The Reintroduction of Beavers to Scotland: Rewilding, Biopolitics, and the Affordance of Non-human Autonomy

Published by: Conservation and Society

1st April 2020

One key element of rewilding is the fact that it gives autonomy to non-humans in how ecosystems evolve. However, there's limited research on how this autonomy operates in practice. This study explores how beaver reintroduction in Scotland in both the Tay catchment (unlicensed) and at Knapdale (licensed) shows different types of non-human autonomy. It discusses governance and power dynamics in rewilding efforts.

Trapping 101: A Complete Guide to Taking Furbearing Animals

Published by: Skyhorse

24th March 2020

Trapping has ancient roots, used by civilisations around the world for food and fur. This book contains advice on how to successfully trap animals including the beaver, including information on the different types of trap, where to set the trap, and the proper use of scents. It is suitable for beginner and experienced trappers alike. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Restoring wetland biodiversity using research: Whole‐community facilitation by beaver as framework

Published by: Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems

17th March 2020

Beavers play a crucial role in wetland restoration by flooding areas. In Finland, several studies have demonstrated how this benefits birds such as the teal. This article looks at how that research has impacted on the ability of wildlife management authorities to support beaver restoration. It finds that the research has been useful across both public and private sectors, and has also inspired man-made wetlands in urban areas where beavers may not be able to survive.

Conflicts over wildlife conservation: Learning from the reintroduction of beavers in Scotland

Published by: People and Nature

10th March 2020

This paper examined conflicts surrounding beaver reintroductions by contrasting planned and unplanned reintroductions in different parts of Scotland. It found that conflicts depend on the reintroduction process, stakeholder relationships, and local people's perceptions of beavers and the local landscape. To avoid conflicts in future reintroductions, the article emphasised the need for conservation plans to be based on inclusive discussions with all stakeholders.

Not all ponds are created equal: long-term beaver (Castor canadensis) lodge occupancy in a heterogeneous landscape

Published by: Canadian Journal of Zoology

6th March 2020

This study explores how beavers choose where to make their homes, a complex task given that beavers change the landscapes they live in - so the features that appeal to a beaver pre-settlement may not be ones that remain whilst they live there. Using data from an 11-year period, the results showed that strong predictors of beaver settlement included: pond area, percentage of grassland area, and distance to active ponds. The landscape's steepness was also important, and this was the only feature not influenced by the beavers themselves. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

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