Course: Beaver Conservation and Rewilding Experience

The Species Recovery Trust

Lifton, Devon
15th - 16th September 2021 01722322539 Dominic Price

Cost: From £85

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

A 1 day course giving participants a better understanding of beaver behaviour, ecology and conservation plus the skills to carry out beaver surveys. The course will also cover reintroductions, and the impact that beavers can have on biodiversity and re-wilding programmes. 

Tutor: Derek Gow, the leading authority on beavers in the UK, and the architect behind much of the work to re-introduce them to the wild.

The course includes the option to stay the night at Coombeshead (either camping or in a Shepherd's Hut, subject to availability).

At 4pm on the first day there will be a tour of the re-wilding projects and a chance to meet the other animals being bred on the site, before a cooked supper and a night on on the site.

Attendees are also welcome to book another nights accommodation and receive another exclusive tour of the wider programmes being carried out the morning after the course.

Course Details

Eurasian beavers were once widespread in England but were hunted to extinction by the 16th century for their fur, meat and scent glands. However, they are now slowly returning to the UK, with reintroductions being licensed across the country. As such, it is extremely important to understand the ecology of this species and in particular the impact that reintroductions have on other biodiversity.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Beaver biology, ecology and field signs
  • The history of beavers in Britain
  • Legal status of beavers
  • Beaver reintroductions and conservation case studies
  • The impact of beavers on biodiversity

This workshop will be suitable for beginners and improvers alike and may include the opportunity to observe a captive beaver. 


Wed 15th

  • Arrive from lunchtime onwards
  • 4pm guided tour of the re-wilding animal breeding programme
  • 7pm supper
  • 10pm lights off!

Thurs 16th

  • 10am Beaver Course starts
  • 12:30 approx Lunch
  • 4pm course ends
  • Supper and camping available

Friday 17th

  • 10am approx re-wilding tour

Booking Details

When you book onto the course you can book for just the main course (on the 16th), and travel on the day, or find your own accommodation the night before. We are however urging participants to take part in the full experience!

Camping £20* per head per night

The Shepherd's Huts are £100*. (If you are sharing just one of you should pay for this option, and the other person book the course plus dinner only. Please drop us an email to confirm this is what you are doing!)

The hosts will provide a lovely 2-course evening meal on both nights in their communal area for £20*. Alcohol is also available for purchase. Lunch on the main course day will be provided free of charge by the SRT.

Please either bring your own food for breakfast - or the on-site shop has milk and basics and a fridge/freezer.

*plus Eventbrite booking fee (sorry about that!)

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