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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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Giardia and Cryptosporidium in mammalian wildlife – current status and future needs

Published by: Trends in Parasitology

1st September 2005

Pollution from human and animal waste can spread diseases to wild animals. This article looks at how two parasites affect various land and sea mammals, wild and captive. The analysis is based on different animals' fecal samples, including beavers. The disease caused by one of the parasites is sometimes called 'beaver fever' in North America because beavers are often implicated in its spread.

Human Activity Mediates a Trophic Cascade Caused by Wolves

Published by: Ecology

1st August 2005

In this article, researchers report on how the wolf's return to a Canadian National Park affected local ecology. Wolves avoided areas with high human activity, creating two areas that could be compared. In the low-wolf area, elk numbers were higher, leading to greater browsing of willow and aspen. This reduced beaver numbers, measured by a lower density of beave rlodges. This study highlights how wolves' presence can affect the entire ecosystem, and how human activity has a large role in shaping that effect.

Geomorphology of steepland headwaters: the transition from hillslopes to channels

Published by: Journal of the American Water Resources Association

1st August 2005

This article explores the role of small streams, often found in hilly or mountainous areas. These streams usually don't carry much dirt or debris. Heavy rains can lead to more sediment flow. Tree-felling can, too, as well as leading to more landslides. When temporary ponds form, beavers sometimes occupy them, leading to longer-term changes to the sediment flow of these systems.

Comment – A trial reintroduction of the European Beaver

Published by: British Wildlife

1st August 2005

This text reports on correspondence between the author and Scottish authorities on the hold-up in making a decision about the Knapdale Forest beaver trial. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

The composition and properties of beaver (Castor fiber) meat

Published by: European Journal of Wildlife Research

13th July 2005

In this study, researchers report on the distribution and nutritional content of the meat of wild beavers. They find that beaver thighs made up one-third of the overall body weight and contained two-thirds of the overall meat. The meat had a high protein content. In some parts of the world, there is a tradition for hunting beaver for meat but, until this study, most beaver meat research was based on beavers held in captivity. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

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