Please Note: This course will be delivered to booked delegates remotely via Zoom on 2 & 4 March, both sessions 10am to 1pm.
The maximum delegate number for the course has been lowered in order to ensure value and interactivity and as such if the button below says 'Add name to waiting list' then the course is fully booked.
This course is delivered by subject expert Roisin Campbell-Palmer across two three-hour Zoom sessions. The training will cover: beaver ecology and biology including behaviour and habitat manipulation; introduction to field sign identification and survey methods; background to the restoration of this species, distinguishing beaver field signs from other mammals; early identification of potential beaver conflict sites and assessing severity levels of potential conflicts.
The Eurasian beaver is subject to much restoration discussion, from proactive wild and enclosed projects, to the increasing natural spread from unofficial releases. Today, population numbers and distribution are spreading in Scotland and southern England, with high profile trials, such as the Scottish Beaver Trial and the River Otter Beaver Trial, publishing various scientific monitoring reports. This keystone species can have significant benefits to wetland habitats and generate important ecological services. Though often a popular species, this ecosystem engineer can also cause conflicts especially with certain land-use sectors so mitigation is key to minimise impacts. Further reintroduction projects are in development so recognising field signs, the potential positive and negative impacts of their activities, and management options for living alongside this native species are likely to increase.
Sessions will cover:
• Brief background to beaver conservation and current reintroduction to Britain.
• Beaver biology, behaviours and ecology.
• Field sign identification and range.
• Habitat suitability and potential conflicts, assessing impacts.
• Current legal situation and relevant legislation in Scotland.
• Mitigation/management options.
Who Should Attend?
Land Managers, Local Authority Ecologists, Conservation Officers, SNCO staff, NGO staff, Ecological Consultants, Environmental Managers, Wardens, Rangers.
Beginner - Intermediate
A background in ecology/environmental management would be beneficial.
- Describe beaver ecology and behaviours.
- Locate, identify and age beaver field signs. Discuss mis-identification.
- Make a basic assessment of site habitat suitability.
- Describe the current legal status of beavers in Britain.
- Survey techniques.
- Beaver mitigation and management tool box – identifying and prioritising potential conflicts.
- Range of mitigation options and suitable application.
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