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Other SNH work on beavers

We've been investigating the issues surrounding beavers and beaver reintroduction since 1995, and have now collated this information in our 2015 'Beavers in Scotland' report. A lot of this information was based on the work of the Scottish Beaver Trial, the Tayside Beaver Study Group and the Beaver Salmonid Working Group, and the individual reports which came from these projects are listed on our relevant web pages.

However, there were also a number of other 'stand-alone' projects on beavers that we organised. We've listed the final reports below.

You can also read more about the background to a lot of this work in our Species Action Framework Handbook chapter on beavers.

NEWS - new reports published, June 2015

As well as publishing the full 'Beavers in Scotland' report in June 2015, we also published some supporting information at the same time. This included some further outputs from the Scottish Beaver Trial and Tayside Beaver Study Group, and they are available on the relevant web pages. 

In addition we have produced these new reports. They describe a comprehensive review of beavers and biodiversity, and of beavers and management, plus an assessment of potential beaver habitat in Scotland and a new predictive model which shows how the populations may change at Knapdale and Tayside in the future:

Our publications on beavers

Here is our list of our other SNH reports:

PhDs supported by SNH

The following PhD was supported by an SNH-CASE studentship:

  • Jones, K. (2006). Ecological effects of the feeding and construction activities of the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) in Scotland: implications for reintroduction. PhD thesis, University of Stirling.

Scottish Natural Heritage is also contributing funds to a PhD looking at beaver-salmonid interactions based at the University of Southampton. The project started in 2014.

Scientific papers based on our work

The following scientific papers are based, or partly based, on the above Scottish Natural Heritage projects, and/or have been produced by our staff.

  • Batty, D (2002). Beavers: Aspen heaven or hell? In: Cosgrove, P, & Amphlett, A (eds) The Biodiversity and Management of Aspen Woodlands: Proceedings of a one-day conference held in Kingussie, Scotland, 25th May 2001, pp. 41-44. The Cairngorms Local Biodiversity Action Plan, Grantown-on-Spey, UK.
  • Collen, P & Gibson, R J (2001). The general ecology of beavers (Castor spp.), as related to their influence on stream ecosystem and riparian habitats, and subsequent effects on fish - a review. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 10: 439-461.
  • Galbraith, C A, & Gaywood, M J (2002). The proposed trial re-introduction of European beaver: The Giardia issue. Environmental Health Scotland 14 (4): 12-13.
  • Gaywood, M (2001). A trial re-introduction of the European beaver to Scotland. In: Czech, A, & Schwab, G (eds) The European Beaver in a New Millennium. Proceedings of second European Beaver Symposium, 27-30 September 2000, Bialowieza, Poland. Carpathian Heritage Society, Krakow, Poland.
  • Gaywood, M (2005). A proposed trial re-introduction of European beaver to Knapdale. In: Rooney, P, Nolan, P, & Hill, D (eds) Restoration, Reintroduction and Translocation. Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, 9-11 November 2004, Southport.
  • Gaywood, M, Batty, D and Galbraith, C (2008). Reintroducing the European beaver in Britain. British Wildlife 19(6) 381-391.
  • Gurnell, A M (1998). The hydrogeomorphological effects of beaver dam-building activity. Progress in Physical Geography 22: 167-189.
  • Jones, K, Gilvear, D, Willby, N and Gaywood, M (2003). Felling and foraging:results of the first year of beaver (Castor fiber) activity in an enclosed Scottish site. Lutra 46: 163-172.
  • Jones, K, Gilvear, D, Willby, N and Gaywood, M (2008). Willow (Salix spp.) and aspen (Populus tremula) regrowth after felling by the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber): Implications for riparian woodland conservation in Scotland. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 19: 43-64.
  • Kemp, P S, Worthington, T A, Langford, T E L, Tree, A R J and Gaywood, M J (2012). Qualitative and quantitative effects of reintroduced beavers on stream fish. Fish and Fisheries 13(2):158-181.
  • Kitchener, A, & Conroy, J (1996). History of the beaver in Scotland and the case for its reintroduction. British Wildlife 7: 156-161.
  • Kitchener, A, & Conroy, J (1997). The history of the Eurasian beaver Castor fiber in Scotland. Mammal Review 27: 95-108.
  • MacDonald, D W, Tattersall, F H, Brown, E D & Balharry D (1995). Reintroducing the European beaver to Britain: nostalgic meddling or restoring biodiversity. Mammal Review 25:161-200.
  • South, A, Rushton, S & MacDonald, D (2000). Simulating the proposed reintroduction of the European beaver (Castor fiber) to Scotland. Biological Conservation 93: 103-116.


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