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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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Hyporheic Flows Along a Channelled Peatland: Influence of Beaver Dams

Published by: Canadian Water Resources Journal / Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques

1st January 2011

This study aimed to understand how beaver dams affect water movement in a peatland in Canada. They found data that conflicted with previous thinking. Beaver dams may create longer paths of water flow through the peatland system, connecting more of it to the stream, with impacts on nutrient retention and downstream water quality.

The Beaver: Its life and impact

Published by: Cornell University Press

1st January 2011

This book is an accessibly-written summary of the natural history of beavers. It looks at the organisms as individuals, their behaviour - including as family units, their ecology and population dynamics, and a history of beavers' interactions with humans. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

The Scottish Beaver Trial: Ecological monitoring of the European beaver Castor fiber and other riparian mammals – First Annual Report 2010

Published by: Scottish Natural Heritage

1st January 2011

As part of the 5-year Scottish Beaver Trial, interim monitoring was carried out to understand the welfare of the released beavers. This study describes how two families had successfully established territories in the first year of the trial. Radio-monitoring proved difficult because of the terrain and the vegetation, so the authors said there would be a greater focus on visual observations in future.

The Scottish Beaver Trial: Monitoring and further baseline survey of the aquatic and semi-aquatic macrophytes of the lochs 2009

Published by: Scottish Natural Heritage

1st January 2011

This report was written as part of the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale. It generated baseline data by surveying three ponds in which beavers had not yet settled, recording which species of aquatic plants were present. Elsewhere in the trial site, beaver dam construction had influenced on the types of plants growing by raising water levels.

The Scottish Beaver Trial: Woodland monitoring 2010

Published by: Scottish Natural Heritage

1st January 2011

As part of the 5-year Scottish Beaver Trial, interim monitoring was carried out to understand the impacts of beavers on hydrology, biodiversity, and other factors. This study reported on field observations from 2010 and described beavers' impact on woodland ecosystems. Beavers cut down a lot of birch, willow, and rowan, avoiding hazel and alder. Many of these species were resprouting. Beavers tended to fell trees that were within 350 m of their lodge and 10 m of the water. The average diameter of felled trees was 5 cm.

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