Eurasian Beaver Mitigation and Management

Summary

Training will be provided on distinguishing beaver field signs from other mammals, early identification of potential beaver conflict sites and assessing severity levels of potential conflicts. The day includes a field visit to see management techniques in action.

Description

This course will cover the relevant legislation and legal situation of beavers in Scotland. The course will introduce a range of mitigation and management techniques to minimise conflict with land management and development, with discussion around merits and caveats and timing requirements to minimise welfare issues. Training will also be provided on distinguishing beaver field signs from other mammals, early identification of potential beaver conflict sites and assessing severity levels of potential conflicts. The day includes a field visit to see management techniques in action. Field visit may include uneven rough terrain.

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. Beaver activity does have the potential to impact adjacent land use and there is a suit of mitigation and management options available to minimise impacts. Developments also have the potential to impact on beavers, due to the current and likely continued spread of the species. NGO staff, Ecological Consultants and SNCO are coming in contact with situations requiring further knowledge and understanding of the options available to manage and mitigation impacts on, or caused by beavers.

This training complements our Eurasian Beaver Ecology and Survey Techniques training offered by the same trainer the day prior.

Who Should Attend?

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

Knowledge Level

Intermediate - Advanced

Prior Knowledge

Knowledge of beaver ecology and survey techniques is required to attend this training. This knowledge may be gained in our Eurasian Beaver Ecology and Survey Techniques course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the current legal situation and status of the species, including potential scenarios and protection levels.
  • Identify and prioritise individual conflict issues.
  • Distinguish between beaver activity and other comparable species such as otter.
  • Describe mitigation options and awareness of timing requirements to minimise impacts on welfare.
  • Assess potential impacts of works on beavers and techniques to mitigate impacts.

Refreshments

Refreshments will be provided during the day. Lunch is not provided.

Tickets

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