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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.

This list of resources is being constantly amended and updated.

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Secrets of the Snout: The Dog’s Incredible Nose

Published by: University of Chicago Press

1st January 2018

With up to 300 million receptors, a dog's nose is incredibly sensitive. Dogs can help in tasks such as detecting cancer or narcotics. This book showcases various working dogs, including dogs which were being trained for distinguishing between the native Eurasian and the invasive North American beaver in Finland. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Ectoparasitic Insects Genera of Veterinary Importance and Some Aspects of Their Control

Published by: American Journal of Economics, Finance and Management

1st January 2018

This article discussed various pests like flies, lice, fleas, and bugs: their impact on animal health and methods for control. It emphasised early detection and integrated pest management. The text describes how both species of modern-day beaver host a type of parasite called the 'beaver beetle.'

Beavers – Nature’s Water Engineers: A summary of initial findings from the Devon Beaver Projects

Published by: Devon Wildlife Trust

1st January 2018

This report is a very visual scientific summary of the Devon Beaver Project. It looks at how the reintroduction of beavers has influenced the landscape, water quality, as well as local flora and fauna. The beavers helped, amongst other things, to mitigate agricultural water pollution.

Weekly Summer Diet of Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) in Northeastern Minnesota

Published by: The American Midland Naturalist

1st January 2018

This study in the USA examined the weekly diet of wolves from late June to early October by following a single pack and analysing their poo! The wolves' diet was varied and beavers made up a smaller proportion of their diet than anticipated. The text discussed why this might be the case, taking into account the availability of other prey and the times of year when beavers are most vulnerable to predation.

The influence of periodic increases of human activity on crepuscular and nocturnal mammals: Testing the weekend effect

Published by: Behavioural Processes

1st January 2018

Researchers in the USA examined how weekend human activity affects wildlife. Over 6 months, they observed four different species. Whilst animals which are active in the day (diurnal) are often affected by increased human presence on weekends, nocturnal species like beavers and mountain lions did not respond to human activity. However, raccoons (nocturnal) and mule deer (active at dawn and dusk) adjusted their behaviour near campgrounds during the weekend. This suggests that the 'weekend effect' primarily affects diurnal animals. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

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