Do beavers improve biodiversity

Main area:Ecology
 
Target group:Biology
 
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Project description:

Beavers (castor fiber) were re-introduced to Denmark (Klosterheden Plantage) in 1999 after having been nationally extinc for >2500 years. The beavers are thriving and the population is increasing. 

Before the beavers were released, a series of of vegetation surveys were conducted in the river valleys in the release area. A re-investigation using the same methods, along with mapping of bevaer activity, will allow for a quantification of the biodiversity effects of beavers in a Danish context. The project involves botanical analysis in summer or early autumn and subsequet data analyses.

 
Methods used:Field work; statistics
 
Keywords:Biodiversity, Rewilding
 
Supervisor(s):  Lars Båstrup-Spohr
 
Email:lbaastrupspohr@bio.ku.dk