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Recent releases of beavers at Knapdale, Scotland to reinforce the population deemed successful

Between 2017 and 2019 21 beavers were released at Knapdale Forest in Argyll, Scotland to reinforce the population, originally established between 2009 and 2014. Before the release, numbers were dwindling and there was concern that the population might die out. There was also worries about the genetic diversity in the remaining beavers. However, as aContinue Reading

Consultation underway on a new beaver enclosure in Wales – update

9/9/20 Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has said that an application by Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust to release the beavers into an enclosure built by the side of the River Dyfi owned by the Trust should provisionally be approved. The plan is to release up to six beavers into an enclosure at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, near Machynlleth.ThisContinue Reading

New Scottish beaver survey about to start

NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) together with the University of Exeter will start a new survey of beavers in Scotland on October 1st. The survey will map the distribution  of active territories and assess the health of the population. The survey will cover  the River Tay and adjoining catchments such as the Forth and riversContinue Reading

Smokey the beaver

A recent paper published in Ecological Applications by Emily Fairfax and Andrew Whittle provides evidence that wetlands and diverse riparian corridors created by beavers can resist fire and protect wildlife. Ben Goldfard has reported on this work in an article for National Geographic. This is another example of the benefits of the activities of beaversContinue Reading

Must read book “Bringing Back the Beaver: The Story of One Man’s Quest to Rewild Britain’s Waterways” by Derek Gow – now published

About this book, NHBS says, “Bringing Back the Beaver is farmer-turned-ecologist Derek Gow’s inspirational and often riotously funny firsthand account of how the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s – in the face ofContinue Reading

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