Beavers to the rescue?

With some of the worst floods ever known happening across southern England, a question that arises is, “Could beavers ameliorate the extent and impact of flooding?“. As reported widely across the media recently (The Mammal SocietyBBC News MagazineThe TelegraphThe GuardianOurKingdomThink to Sustain) the answer would appear to be yes, and in an economic way. For example, by building dams, storing water and slowing river flows in the upper reaches of catchments, beavers can help reduce flash floods and erosion. So, is it time to bring back the beaver to England and Wales? (See also news item posted on 16/7/12 below.)

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:02 am

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