One of the founder animals of the beaver population at the river Hase.

Emsland Beavers

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Distribution map

Explanatory notes on the map

The map shows the current distribution of beavers in the district Emsland. Each blue marker represents a stretch of water occupied by beavers.
Orange markers indicate areas utilised by beavers in the past but are currently abandoned again by the animals.
In addition further layers can be displayed, showing the distribution of beavers in Lower Saxony (on the basis of TK25 quadrants) or the overall occurence of the Eurasian beaver (if you direct the mouse pointer to the button at the upper right corner of the map, a menue will be displayed, which allows you to show ore hide the different layers on the map). With the buttons below the map you can zoom into different areas of the distribution area. By pressing the button "Emsland" the initial zoom level will be displayed again.
By clicking on a blue marker, additional information about the respective beaver occurence will be shown (to facilitate the selection of a marker it is advisable to zoom into the map).

Navigating inside the map


To zoom in or out of the map, click on the plus or minus button at the upper left corner of the map. Alternatively, you can zoom into or out of the map by using the wheel button of your mouse when pointing at the ma canvas. If you move the wheel forward, you are zooming into, if you move it backwards, you are zooming out of the map.
If you press and hold the Shift-key of your keyboard you can draw a rectangle on the map by simultaneously pressing the left mouse button and by releasing the left mouse button, the area within that rectangle will be enlarged.


By clicking the button with the double-headed arrow, you can switch to a full-screen display of the map. In full-screen mode (which you have to confirm in your browser), the symbol of the button will change from a double-headed arrow to an X. With a click on that X-button you will close the full-screen view of the map again. NOTE: When using a mobile device (smartphone, tablet) it may happen that the full-screen mode does not work.


By pointing at the OpenLayers symbol at the upper, right edge of the map, a menue will be displayed, which allows you to choose between the different layers of the map.

This map was created using OpenLayers. The data on the beaver distribution was taken from contracts for work and labour for the NLWKN (2009, 2012, 2015), an expert's report for the lower nature conservation agency Lingen (2010), messages on current beaver occurrences from private persons via this website, as well as from own observations we have made in our spare time.

The distribution data of the beaver in the district Emsland can be used freely after a notification to us and a reference to this website as well as to the Niedersächsischen Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz - NLWKN as the data source, as long as the resulting work containing our data is freely available to the public as well. If you might not be able to fulfill this requirements, we would like to ask you not to use our data. © 2010 - Emsland Beavers

Reporting of own beaver sightings

If you move the mouse pointer over the map, the coordinates of the current position of the mouse pointer will be displayed in the lower right corner of the map. You can use this information to determine the position of the beaver settlement found by you, which you can report to us by using our form.