Beavers and flood mitigation

Despite being the height of  summer, heavy rain in England and Wales seems never-ending and warnings of localised and more extensive flooding are all too frequent. This could be the shape of things to come, and brings sharply into the focus the suggested role of beavers in flood mitigation, water retention, water purification, sediment trapping and wetland creation, all of which are said to have economic as well as environmental benefits. The case for reintroducing beavers to South West England to test these ideas is put forward in recent articles in the Western Morning News and the Telegraph.

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:48 am

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