May 2022

Beaver (Castor fiber) in the Oder Delta rewilding site in the Peene valley, Peene river, Anklam, Germany. Beavers are keystone species in many European habitats, but have suffered intensive persecution due to hunting and human-wildlife conflict. Beavers are now being reintroduced in many rewilding sites as ecosystem engineers to create habitat and ensure certain ecosystem processes. Our study looks across seven rewilding sites in Europe to see whether and how they have changed over time, and provide a methodology for measuring rewilding progress across contexts and scales. Full Gold Open Access paper here. Photo credit to:  Solvin Zankl / Rewilding Europe.

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