Monthly Archives: December 2017

Beavers may worsen the effects of climate change in the arctic

Written on December 28, 2017 at 11:03 am

As the climate warms and Canadian beavers move northwards into the arctic, there are concerns that their engineering works may accelerate the thawing of the permafrost. Beaver dams pond back water and slow down the flow, and newly cut beaver channels can allow warmer water to move into the frozen tundra. These impacts of beaversContinue Reading

Plans to introduce beavers into the Forest of Dean in the west of England gain approval

Written on December 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

Plans to release two adult beavers and two young into a 6.5 ha enclosure to alleviate flooding in the village of Lydbrook have been approved by Natural England (NE) and backed by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove (GOV.UK). The beavers will be released in the spring of 2018. Michael Gove said, “The beaver has aContinue Reading

Three beavers introduced into Knapdale, Scotland

Written on December 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

Beavers were first introduced into Knapdale in Argyll, Scotland in 2009 as part of the Scottish Beaver Trial. In November 2016, after the five year trial had ended, the Scottish Government announced that beavers would be given protected status in Scotland. This includes the large “illegal” population of beavers on the River Tay which probablyContinue Reading