Eurasian Beaver Ecology and Restoration

Summary

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.

Description

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 also has the potential to impact adjacent land use and there is a suite 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.

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.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

A background in ecology/environmental management would be beneficial.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Tickets

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