Aigas Field Centre
Aigas Field Centre

Busy as a Beaver

25 January, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

It has been a beautiful first December and January for me here at Aigas, with more snow than I have ever experienced. Just after Christmas we had our first proper snowfall of the year, which revealed all the comings and goings of deer, foxes, hares, badgers, and red squirrels by their footprints. While walking round the loch late in December I wondered how the beavers (castor fiber) were getting on; their lodge was covered in snow and water frozen solid around it. Beavers do not hibernate over winter but do become less active. [caption id="attachment_3793" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The loch and beaver lodge covered in snow[/caption] Our beavers had spent autumn filling their underwater larder (called a cache), but since we have found them to be surprisingly active
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