Lutra 46(2)_Reinhold_2003

The beaver (Castor fiber) in Flevoland, The Netherlands

Thirteen years after an unintended introduction, there is a growing beaver (Castor fiber) population in the province of Flevoland, The Netherlands. The population was estimated to be at least 15 animals in 2003. It is assumed that the number of potential settlements is the limiting factor for the beaver population in Flevoland. At three locations in the canal Hoge Vaart, an opening in the sheet-pile walls was made to allow beavers to build a lodge behind these concrete canal bank stabilization measures. These actions illustrate the positive attention the beaver currently receives from the administration of the province.