Eurasian Beaver Ecology and Survey Techniques


The course will cover beaver ecology and biology, including behaviour and habitat manipulation, and provide an introduction to field sign identification and survey methods. The day will also provide the background to the restoration of this species.


An introductory course to the Eurasian beaver, including a classroom based morning session and an afternoon field visit to an active beaver territory. The field visit may include uneven rough terrain.

Sessions will consider:
• Beaver ecology and biology: lifecycle and behaviours, dwelling places, foraging techniques and forage species.
• Beaver habitat manipulation: lodge construction, burrowing, dam building.
• Field sign identification: lodges, burrows, forage trails, canals, feeding and felling signs, including ability to age activities.
• Survey methods: camera trapping, field sign surveys, lodge productivity surveys.
• Background of beaver establishment in Britain.

The training is delivered using presentations, discussion, interactive sessions on morphology, feeding and felling and to practice identifying and aging key field signs.

Beaver numbers are increasing in the Tay and Earn catchment, with beavers now present across nature reserves and areas included in development plans. Beavers are also present in other areas of Britain including Devon, and a potential reintroduction into Wales. NGO staff, Ecological Consultants and SNCO are coming in contact with situations requiring further knowledge and understanding of beaver ecology to inform land management and deal with public inquiries from land managers and interested members of the public.

This course complements our Eurasian Beaver Mitigation and Management training offered by the same trainer running the following day.

Who Should Attend?

Land Managers, Local Authority Ecologists, Conservation Officers, SNCO staff, NGO staff, Ecological Consultants, Environmental Managers, Wardens, Rangers.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

No previous knowledge of the species is required to attend this training but a background in ecology/environmental management would be beneficial.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe beaver ecology and behaviours.
  • Locate, identify and age beaver field signs.
  • Plan a basic survey to identify the level of beaver activity at a site, taking into account survey limitations.
  • Make a basic assessment of site habitat suitability.
  • Describe the current legal status of beavers in Britain.


The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00