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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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Habitat Features Affecting Beaver Occupancy along Roadsides in New York State

Published by: Journal of Wildlife Management

1st April 2004

When beavers occupy roadside areas, they can cause water damage to the roads. This study sought to understand what river features influenced a beaver's decision to occupy a roadside area in New York State, USA. They found that availability of vegetation, stream gradient, and stream width were key features. They suggest that doing a beaver habitat assessment may be useful when designing new roads. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Effect of watercourse characteristics on food-caching behaviour by European beaver, Castor fiber

Published by: Animal Behaviour

1st April 2004

This study explored how the depth and width of waterways influence Swedish beavers' behaviour with respect to storing food for winter in a space called a cache. Specifically, they report on how the waterway's size affects whether the beavers made caches at all and, if they did, whether the size of the waterway affected when they started making the cache or the cache's overall size. The findings suggest that beavers can adapt their winter survival strategy and that the characteristics of the waterway are only part of what determines their behaviour.

Where the wild things are: the evolving iconography of rural fauna

Published by: Journal of Rural Studies

1st April 2004

In this paper, the author argues that, in Western Europe, perceptions of 'nature' and 'rurality' are changing. People are understanding nature, the countryside, and the line between wild and domestic animals in a different way. The author argues that the re-introduction of wild species - such as beavers and wolves - is one of the reasons why. Other reasons include the protection of rare breeds of farm animals. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Could we live with reintroduced large carnivores in the UK?

Published by: Mammal Review

22nd March 2004

This text reviews the feasibility of reintroducing large carnivores like wolves, bears, and lynx in the UK. It sets out some crurrent challenges but also highlights how these re-introductions could be beneficial for the UK mammals. The case of the beaver is explored to understand some of the political dynamics around species re-introductions, including the distribution of public opinion. Please note, this resource is not open-access.

Patch dynamics in a landscape modified by ecosystem engineers

Published by: Oikos

22nd March 2004

Researchers build three quantitative models to help understand how populations of ecosystem engineers - in this case beavers - lead to changes in ecosystem structure over time. They explore how factors including proportion of abandoned sites, resource consumption, and immigration affect an ecosystem in the Adirondack mountains (USA).

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