A 4 ha enclosure has been built at Spains Hall Estate, near Braintree in the county of Essex and a breeding pair of beavers will be introduced to the enclosure soon. The aim is to help control water levels and prevent downstream flooding at Finchingfield, as well as improving habitat quality and increasing biodiversity. Interestingly, a man-made flood management system will be set up in a nearby stream enabling a comparison of the effectiveness of the two schemes. Wildlife film-maker, Russell Savoury, will be making a film of what happens which will be screened next year. Spains Hall Estate Owner Archie Ruggles-Brise is very enthusiastic about the project and says, “We hope the project will also focus a spotlight on our little corner of rural North West Essex, a hidden gem normally only enjoyed by those in the know.” We should also learn a lot more about beavers and the benefits they bring by this pioneering enterprise. (BBC News, Harwich and Manningtree Standard, Gov.UK, Flipboard, Hertfordshire Mercury). Spains Hall Estate is working in partnership with several other organisations including the Essex & Suffolk Rivers Trust, Essex Wildlife Trust and The Environment Agency, with funding from partners including the Anglian Eastern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC): .
Posted on November 7, 2018 at 11:10 am
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