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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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Scotland’s Beaver Strategy 2022-2045

Published by: NatureScot

1st September 2022

A strategy to steer wider efforts to identify and actively expand the population to new catchments, alongside appropriate management and mitigation, following the Scottish Government’s change in policy in November 2021 to encourage wider beaver restoration.
It sets out plans to empower and support communities to maximise the benefits of beavers, while minimising negative impacts through effective management and mitigation.
The strategy highlights the need for ongoing research and monitoring of the beaver population and its effects.

Scotland’s Beaver Strategy 2022-2045: Implementation Plan

Published by: NatureScot

1st September 2022

The plan should be considered as a ‘working document,’ with actions and timelines being updated as new information is received, and existing actions being completed.
The plan should be viewed in conjunction with Scotland’s Beaver Strategy 2022-2045 and has been organised around the three strategic work themes of the strategy, namely: Conservation Translocation; Management and Mitigation; and Research and Innovation.

Biodiversity Boost From the Eurasian Beaver (Castor fiber) in Germany’s Oldest National Park

Published by: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

13th May 2022

This study explored the impact beavers have on biodiversity in Germany. In an enormous effort, the researchers collected over 1,100 species to understand the type of biodiversity which beaver ponds supported in comparison to other stretches of river or forest. Among other results, birds and bats were more abundant in beaver ponds, highlighting their importance in promoting biodiversity. The authors suggested their expansion could aid in ecosystem restoration. Whilst the writing is scientific, the article contains a number of graphics and tables which make the findings easier to understand.

Beavers and flood alleviation: Human perspectives from downstream communities

Published by: Journal of Flood Risk Management

3rd February 2022

In this text, researchers analyse perspectives held by humans downstream of a site where beavers have been introduced to help with managing flood risk in England. The results describe a variety of feelings and narratives, ranging from concern to excitement, and relating to different aspects of the reintroduction. The text emphasises the need to understand diverse community perspectives in beaver reintroductions and advocates for specific areas of research relating to peoples' concerns.

Renewed coexistence: learning from steering group stakeholders on a beaver reintroduction project in England

Published by: European Journal of Wildlife Research

3rd December 2021

Exploring the experiences of steering group members in a Eurasian beaver project, this research aims to identify how governance of coexistence with reintroduced species may differ from the governance of coexistence with species that are already present in the landscape.
A series of lessons in six key areas were identified, and the paper advocates for reflective evaluation as an essential component of reintroduction projects to enable knowledge-sharing from experiences, leading to improved practices in the future.
The term ‘Renewed Coexistence’ was identified and defined, drawing on pre-existing coexistence knowledge but identifies the unique elements that relate to governing coexistence with reintroduced species.

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