Beavers as ecosystem engineers  in habitat restoration


  • Restoration attempts often fail, but may benefit from utilising ecosystem engineers.
  • Impacts of beaver released onto drained pasture were studied for 12 years.
  • Beaver increased habitat heterogeneity and plant richness at plot and site scales.
  • Ecosystem engineers can contribute significantly to meeting common restoration goals.

Source: Using ecosystem engineers as tools in habitat restoration and rewilding: beaver and wetlands