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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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A Fence Design for Excluding Elk Without Impeding Other Wildlife

Published by: Rangeland Ecology and Management

1st September 2007

Elk can damage plant populations by over-eating. Fences to protect certain areas work by excluding other animals but the exclusion of all mammals may not always be needed to allow plants to recover. This article reports on a new fence design which excludes elk but allows access for other species like deer and beavers. The new fence was successful, keeping out elk (and cattle) but allowing access for other mammals including beavers. Aspen trees protected by this fence ended up growing taller over a 2-year period.

Influence of landslides on biophysical diversity — A perspective from British Columbia

Published by: Geomorphology

1st September 2007

This text describes how landslides - often overlooked - have an important role in maintaining biodiversity. Landslides create completely new landscapes and soil conditions. They can interact with other disturbances like fire and avalanches. Animals like beavers often colonise landslide areas, using the debris and new landscape to build dams and and increase habitat diversity.

Don’t fear the beaver

Published by: New Scientist

25th August 2007

This article summarises efforts to reintroduce beavers to Britain, some of the sources of human-beaver conflict, and the potential beavers have to the environment, including in supporting climate adaptation efforts. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

The beaver: destructive pest or climate saviour?

Published by: New Scientist

22nd August 2007

This article summarises efforts to reintroduce beavers to Britain, some of the common misconceptions about beavers, and the ecological role that beavers play. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

The application of environmental ethics in biological conservation: a case study from the southernmost tip of the Americas

Published by: Biodiversity & Conservation

1st August 2007

Conservation isn't just about science—it's also about values. This article uses the case of managing invasive populations of beaver in Chile to explore how environmental ethics can shape conservation decisions. They use human-centred and life-centred ethical approaches to assess management options including: eradicating, controlling, tolerating, or promoting beavers. Ethical discussions help clarify arguments, but don't replace the need for scientific data. Different ethical theories may lead to different conclusions about the best course of action.

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