Beavers became extinct in Sweden in the late 19th century, largely as a result of exploitation through hunting. But following their reintroduction in 1922, the beaver has staged a comeback and populations are increasing.
Photo: Jorgen Petterson
The story of beaver reintroduction to Sweden is the story of one of the earliest reported successful attempts to bring a species back into its former territory. Once widespread throughout the continent, the European beaver population was decimated by the spread of agriculture, deforestation, grazing, and especially hunting.
Between 1922 and 1939 around 80 beavers were reintroduced to 19 sites in Sweden from Norway. In 1992, 70 years after the original reintroduction, the Swedish population was estimated at around 100,000.
See Beavers in the Wild in Sweden
Nature Travels offers a number of experiences giving very good chances to see beavers:
- Canoe on Svartälven and Canoe on Klarälven are self-guided canoe tours in areas where beavers are regularly seen in the rivers.
- Timber Rafting on Klarälven is another option for an adventure on the Klaralven river.
- Moose and Beaver Safari plus Howling with Wolves has a specific focus on beaver watching as part of the tour.
- Log Cabin Escape in Värmland, Lakeside Cabin Retreat in Värmland and Discover Dalsland’s Hiking Trails all have beaver dams/hides located nearby.
Photo: Nature Travels
The Nature Travels Team
To read about projects to reintroduce beavers in Scotland, see here
To read about BBC naturalist Kate Humble’s search for beavers, see here