Learning to live with the beaver

Learning to live with the beaver

"The beavers will be permanently native to our region", confirmed the graduate biologist uli meblinger, who gave a lecture on the topic "the beaver – landscape designer in the field of tension between nature conservation, water protection and land use" at the invitation of the bund naturschutz held. How beavers change the landscape can be seen, for example, between bad konigshofen and grobeibstadt, where there are three territories on the saale, or on the haubach toward aubstadt, where there are four inhabited territories.

Meblinger reported on the "media star", who constantly makes negative headlines. You could fill just as many articles with wild boar damage – but damage produced by europe’s coarsest rodent was new and therefore more interesting. The biologist made it quite clear: it must not be that the farmers pay the bill in the end. They must be compensated, which is why bavaria has a "beaver fund". Riparian strips can also be established along the water with the help of demand programs and riparian strips can be bought up and left to the animals. These move mainly in the vicinity of their waters and renaturalize river courses better than a human could.
Meblinger has proven through years of observation and mapping that the beaver is a true keystone species. Where they produce dams, castles, transport trenches, slides into the water, food rafts and deadwood, insects, fish, amphibians, birds and even the black stork multiply. The diversity of species is increasing, the beaver lakes offer a last refuge in times of drought, and the groundwater level is also rising as a result of water retention. Dragonfly species threatened with extinction reappear "beaver protection is not just about the beaver", meblinger made clear.
Luckily, vegan animals often live in areas where they do not stork. "Problem beaver" are a "bavarian specialty, said meblinger, in part because there is no regulation in this state that prohibits farming as close to the shore as possible. If there were uncultivated shore strips everywhere, the conflicts between the rodents and the farmers were less frequent. In other european countries, the free landscaper is most welcome.
There are, of course, cases in which the beaver commissioner or the lower nature conservation authority must be informed because the damage is unacceptable.
Trapping or even killing beavers is only allowed with the permission of the authorities, because the beaver and its structures are strictly protected by law.
"We must learn to live with the beaver", said the speaker. Regina vossenkaul

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