Beavers don’t just have friends – not even in the Starnberg district. The fact that the herbivorous rodents have taken over the entire Five Lakes Region angers many a farmer. This recently became clear at the citizens’ meeting in Meiling, when a farmer demanded that the strictly protected animals at Pilsensee be allowed to be shot. “I am shocked by the hatred that is being stirred up against beavers in Seefeld,” writes Constanze Gentz, chairwoman of the Seefeld local group of the Federation for Nature Conservation (BN), in a press release.
In their opinion, the beaver makes a lasting contribution to landscape design and works “against the massive extinction of species”. According to Gentz, you can find 70 percent more insects in beaver areas. Amphibians would also find habitat again, birds and bats would find food again. Since groundwater levels are also declining in the Starnberg district and soils are drying out, it is not insignificant that the protected animals make soils more absorbent again and contribute to the rewetting of moorland in Seefeld. “The beaver also protects the climate,” says Gentz. Of course, the BN local leader is aware that the declared goal must be to be able to generally manage agricultural land.
In the Starnberg district, efforts are normally made to ensure that people and animals live together prosperously. So far, none of the strictly protected animals have had to be killed. There are five local beaver advisors who work with farmers to find solutions.