Further Reading

 

BEAVER Books

Bringing back the beaver: Derek Gow

The Story of one man’s quest to Rewild Britain’s waterways

Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow’s inspirational and often riotously funny firsthand account of how the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Bringing Back the Beaver makes a passionate case as to why the return of one of nature’s great problem solvers will be critical as part of a sustainable fix for flooding and future drought, whilst ensuring the creation of essential lifescapes that enable the broadest possible spectrum of Britain’s wildlife to thrive.

Natures Architect: Jim Crumley

The beaver’s return to our wild landscapes

Hundreds of years after their extinction in these isles, beavers are – controversially- back in Britain. These shy creatures, often misunderstood are the skilled engineers of the natural world and they are already having a dramatic effect on our wild landscapes. Leading nature writer Jim Crumley gives a rare insight into the lives of these intriguing animals and considers the ecological and economic impact of the beaver reintroductions. Employing his trademark beautiful prose and empathy for life in the wild, Crumley contemplates the future for Britain’s beavers and makes a passionate argument for giving them their freedom.

Eager: Ben Goldfarb

The surprising, secret life of beavers and why they matter

Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens—recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. 

BOOKS FOR KITS

Beaver: Rachel Poliquin

The superpower field guide

Humorous and engaging, Beavers is the first book in the new highly illustrated nonfiction Superpower Field Guide series, inspiring readers to laugh, think, and view the world around them with new eyes.

Meet Elmer, an ordinary beaver. He may not be as mighty as a lion or as dangerous as a shark. He may be squat and brown. But never underestimate a beaver.

 

Little Beaver: Dr Amy MacDonald

Little Beaver and the echo

An award-winning picture book favourite about a lonely little beaver in need of a friend.

Little beaver and the big front tooth

Little Beaver is feeling scared … his big front tooth is loose and feels as if it might fall out! How can he be a beaver without his big front tooth?

Beaver’s big adventure: Magnus Weightman

A journey home

Beaver heads off on an adventure, but gets lost along the way. He is saved by Akita the dog who offers him help to find his way home. Together in a hot-air balloon they travel the globe looking for Beaver’s home. Packed with wonderfully detailed pictures of animal houses from around the world. Ideal introduction to different animal habitats and discussion about environmental themes. Includes a world map with facts about how each animal makes its home and charts Beaver’s global journey.

BEAVERs in science

Beavers: Ecology, Behaviour, Conservation and Management

Rosell & Campbell-Palmer (2021) OUP Oxford

For the most up-to-date reference guide covering everything, you need to know about North American and Eurasian beavers, look no further.

Frank Rosell is a Professor in behavioural ecology at the University of South-Eastern Norway, working alongside the brilliant Dr Róisín Campbell-Palmer, an independent beaver consultant working throughout Britain.

Beavers in Knapdale: Final Report from the Scottish Beavers Reinforcement Project

Dowse et, al. (2020)

Scottish beavers is a partnership between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland created to continue the work of the Scottish Beaver Trial, which reintroduced Eurasian beavers into Knapdale Forest in 2009.

This report highlights the project and its success in beaver reintroduction. However, it should be noted, there are some concerns and good recommendations to ensure successful expansion and management of the species across the country.

Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) health surveillance in Britain: Accessing a disjunctive reintroduced population

Campbell-Palmer, et.al (2021) Vet Record

Following the increasing number of translocations that are happening across Britain, this recent paper highlights the health and condition of the British beaver population.

Results show all beavers in good physical condition, whilst showing no concerning signs of harbouring non-native zoonotic diseases.

Blogs from outside the lodge

Beavers on the move – Part One & Two

Nature Scot

A two-part blog written by Dr Róisín Campbell-Palmer about her experiences around the translocations of beavers during her work with Nature Scot.

“Over 200 release events in more than 20 countries have been known to have occurred, making the Eurasian beaver one of the most commonly re-introduced animals in the world.”

A real testament to the importance of this species in increasing biodiversity and improving ecosystem services worldwide.

Legal challenge to Scottish Government’s beaver killing policy can proceed says Scottish Court of Session

Trees for Life

The rewilding charity says the Government’s nature agency NatureScot is breaking the law by failing to make the killing of endangered wild beavers a last resort when they need managing. In December, Trees for Life applied to the Court of Session for a judicial review. Trees for Life’s recent public crowdfunded to cover the legal costs raised over £60,000.

Making Beavers Mainstream

Scotland The Big Picture

“In one direction, [a beavers] future looks bright, with the potential for moving beavers within Scotland to enable a greater and quicker expansion of its range, bringing their ecological benefits to more wildlife and people. The course we’re currently on looks bleaker,”

“A shift in policy is urgently needed, particularly when there’s so much suitable habitat and a growing number of forward-thinking landowners, who would love to have these aquatic engineers working their magic on their land, breathing new life into rivers, lochs, wetland and woodland.”

Feel we’re missing something? Of course, we are! There are a fantastic amount of resources out there relating to beaver ecology, fiction and scientific studies. If you have some beaver literature you believe should be in the spotlight, please do get in touch! We would love to add to this resource to benefit as many beaver believers as possible.

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