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Exploring the use of artificial lodges for beaver management

Beaver (photo Yves Adams - Vildaphoto)
Beaver (photo Yves Adams - Vildaphoto)


Beavers are an enrichment for nature, and their presence can significantly promote local biodiversity. However, they can also cause damage through feeding, the construction of dams or digging. If measures are taken to prevent the digging of burrows in water-retaining dikes, there is a risk that beavers will settle at another location nearby, where damage will occur again. To prevent this, it would be desirable to be able to help predict and direct where beavers will settle in an area. Doing this, the beavers present also help to protect the territory against other beavers. The options for managing this vary from providing suitable zones (e.g. old meanders) over making suitable bank zones attractive to setting up artificial lodges at suitable locations. An extensive literature study and consultation round can accurately map these options. Methods can then be tested in the field, both at neutral and directly at damage-sensitive locations, where the most suitable solution can be sought on an ad hoc basis.
Status Running
Actual start/end date 01/07/2024 - 31/12/2026


INBO Research theme(s)

  • Protected nature
  • Water
  • Wildlife management


  • management
  • fauna