Mitigation and Management

Beavers aren't problem free but the majority of these problems can be mitigated using the practical solutions below.
We are well aware that beavers can sometimes come into conflict with human landuse and mitigation may be needed. The North Americans have a great deal of experience in this field and the Martinez Beavers website is one of the best on this topic. As problems arise in Scotland, we will post photographs of the solutions that we have used.

Volunteers from Scottish Wild Beaver Group are happy to protect any trees on your land that may be vulnerable to beaver damage. Large beech trees near the water’s edge may be liable to being ring-barked and we would be happy to provide protection to any that farmers and landowners may wish to protect. Please get in touch if you would like our help. We have found that beech trees are surprisingly robust and protection may work even after a substantial amount of bark has been stripped.

If beavers have already ring-barked any large beech trees to the extent that the trees are dead, the upside of this is that they will provide wonderful habitat for woodpeckers, owls and many other species. Large standing deadwood is an important but rare habitat in Scotland.

If you plan to protect your own trees, ensure that the wire goes one metre up the trunk and is secured at the top. Otherwise the beaver may stand on its hind legs and reach up to pull the wire down! (Remember that they may be helped in this venture when snow raised the ground level.) It is best to secure it to a post knocked in next to the tree, to avoid marking the tree, and to prevent the wire getting embedded in the tree as it grows.

SWBG and the Tayside Beaver Study Group are currently trialling pond levellers at two sites.

For advice and help, phone 0125087 5489

Simple and effective way of protecting trees from Beavers

Simple and effective way to protect trees from damage