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European Beaver

Observed: 12th April 2008 By: JonathanWallaceJonathanWallace’s reputation in MammalsJonathanWallace’s reputation in Mammals
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miked's picture

teeth marks look right. what

teeth marks look right. what species of tree was it?

JonathanWallace's picture

Not sure of the tree species

Not sure of the tree species - it is a while ago that I was at Marchegg and I honestly cannot remember. There is a well establised beaver population in the WWF reserve there and we saw several beavers swimming in some of the oxbows and pools of the reserve. Unfortunately, as I indicated, we didn't manage to get a picture of one.

Jonathan Wallace

Gill Sinclair's picture

Beaver species

Would it definitely be a European beaver? There are escaped North American beavers in some parts of Europe/Scandinavia. I once paid to spend time in a hide in Finland watching beavers and was quite happy I didn't see one as we found out on the way to the hide that the local beaver population was North American escapees! Not quite the same experience really. The NA beavers can't hybridise with the European ones as they have a different number of chromosomes, but they do out-compete them as they breed more frequently and have slightly bigger litters.

Gill Sinclair
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JonathanWallace's picture

I believe so. European

I believe so. European beavers did become extinct in the Danube watershed but have been reintroduced with stock originating from, I believe, Poland and Russia. WWF is engaged in a major project, involving several countries along the Danube, which has been aimed at restablishing European beavers both as an end in itself and with the wider objective of re-establishing the kinds of wetland-woodland habitat mosaics created as a result of beavers 'engineering' habits.

Jonathan Wallace

Gill Sinclair's picture

Beaver reintroductions

Sounds like a great project. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the success of the current project in Scotland.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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Twitter @Gill_Sinclair