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Corwall Beaver Project featured on BBC Springwatch

Written on May 28, 2020 at 9:54 am

The Cornwall Beaver Project at Woodland Valley Farm, managed by farm owner Chris Jones and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, is currently featured on BBC Springwatch. The first of several vists to the project, hosted by Gillian Burke, took place in the programme aired on 26th May 2020, with others to follow. All details can be foundContinue Reading

Many beavers killed in Tayside, Scotland in 2019

Written on May 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm

It has been reported that large numbers of beavers (maybe up to 100) were legally killed by landowners and farmers in  Tayside, Scotland last year (The Ferret, BirdGuides), most between August and December.  Beavers were given legal protection in Scotland on May 1st 2019, and  now a licence must be obtained to control them. ScottishContinue Reading

Government urged to make a decision on restoring beavers to the English countryside

Written on May 16, 2020 at 9:00 am

Both the Beaver Trust has written to the Government asking that they make a timely decision on restoring beavers to the English countryside. The letter has been countersigned by more than 60 organisations, estates, experts and campaigners. The Wildlife Trusts have also written to the Government calling for a Beaver Strategy for England. A decisionContinue Reading

ROBT Science and Evidence Report published

Written on February 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm

The River Otter Beaver Trial (ROBT) Science and Evidence Report has been published. The five year trial, licenced by Natural England, has been a partnership between Devon Wildlife Trust, Clinton Devon Estates, Derek Gow Consultancy and the University of Exeter. The report marks the end of the trial and summarisies the studies that have beenContinue Reading

Beavers to be released at the Knepp Estate, Sussex in 2020

Written on February 10, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Two pairs of beavers will be released under Natural England licence into a 250 ha enclosure in the River Adur catchment on Knepp Estate in spring or autumn this year. The release will constitute a 5-year trial run by the Sussex Wildlife Trust and Knepp Estate (Knepp Reintroductions, Countrylife, Sussex Wildlife Trust, The Argus). TheContinue Reading

Beavers released onto National Trust property at Holnicote Estate in Somerset, southern England

Written on February 4, 2020 at 10:55 am

A male and female beaver have been translocated from the River Tay in Scotland to a 2.7 ha fenced enclosure at Holnicote Estate owned by the National Trust in Somerset. The transfer has been carried out under licence from Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England. The beavers will be monitored by staff from the NationalContinue Reading

Beaver dams in Essex holding up well

Written on February 1, 2020 at 11:04 am

The beavers released at the Spains Hall Estate in Finchingfield, Essex, last year to try to reduce flooding in the nearby village have been building lots of dams and creating wetlands. It appears that so far the beavers and their dams are standing up well to heavy rainfall (BBC News).

Beavers in the Forest of Dean doing well

Written on January 27, 2020 at 4:39 pm

In July 2018, a pair of beavers was released into a 7 ha enclosure near Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England. These were removed in February 2019 following a positive test for the parasitic tapeworm Echinococcus multicularis in one of them. Subsequently, another pair of beavers was released in the autumn of 2019,Continue Reading

Beavers to be released into Cumbria in the North of England

Written on January 17, 2020 at 7:09 pm

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have approved a licence for a trial release of beavers into an 11 ha enclosure on the Lower Estate, Penrith in the Eden Valley in Cumbria. The Lowther Estate is part of the Cumbria Beaver Group that includes Cumbria wildlife Trust, the Eden Rivers Trust andContinue Reading

Latvia’s animal of 2020

Written on January 13, 2020 at 5:01 pm

According to the Baltic Times, the beaver has been named the Animal of the Year in Latvia – worth celebrating!

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