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Return of the Beaver – public talk and residential course 3-6 June 2019, Exeter, Devon

Written on April 26, 2019 at 8:44 am

With Ben Goldfarb, Derek Gow and Richard Brazier Hosted by University of Exeter, Embercombe and Devon Wildlife Trust Join us as we delve into the science, the story and the practical implications that surround the reintroduction of this once extinct animal to Great Britain. What do we need to know, what can we learn fromContinue Reading

Beavers released into Cropton Forest, Yorkshire

Written on April 21, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Two beavers from Scotland have been released into a 10 ha enclosure in Cropton Forest in Yorkshire, England as part of a 5-year trial to assess the impact of their activity on flooding and biodiversity (see post of 27 september 2018) (BBC News, Flipboard, The Telegraph, ITV, Minster FM, Bridlington Free Press, Yorkshire Post).

Attempts to prevent protected status for Scotland’s beavers rejected

Written on March 20, 2019 at 3:34 pm

A last-minute attempt by Conservative MSP John Scott to prevent beavers in Scotland attaining protective status was rejected by the Scottish Parliament’s Environment Committee yesterday (The Courier).

Beavers released into enclosure in Essex, South-east England

Written on March 16, 2019 at 10:58 am

Following the post on 7th November 2018, a pair of beavers have now been released into a 4 ha enclosure on Spains Hall Estate in Finchingfield, Essex in the east of England to help prevent flooding. The estate is now owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The environment Agency will monitor flows in Finchingfield BrookContinue Reading

Beavers in Scotland to be given legal protection

Written on February 25, 2019 at 10:22 am

In a significant development, the Scottish Government have finally announced that they will introduce legislation to add beavers to the list of European protected species. As a consequence, any person wishing to control beavers (e.g. by shooting) will require a licence from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The move, welcomed by many people and organisations butContinue Reading

Forest of Dean beavers removed for parasite testing

Written on February 15, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Two beavers released into the Forest of Dean enclosure in the West of England last summer have been removed. They will be kept in quarantine and tested for the tapeworm parasite Echinococcus multicularis.  This is a precautionary measure because other beavers imported into the UK from the same area in Bavaria where they originally cameContinue Reading

Legislation to protect beavers in Scotland delayed until 2019

Written on December 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

In November 2016, The Scottish Government stated that beavers in Scotland (on the River Tay and at Knapdale) would get European Protected Status. Legislation is now expected to be brought in in 2019. Currently, many beavers are being killed on the Tay because of their impact on farmland (The Courier).

BACE Meeting 6th November 2018

Written on December 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

A meeting of the Committee was held at Knepp Castle Estate on 6th November 2018. The Minutes of the meeting and a separate Summary and Conclusions document can be obtained by following the link in the left margin.

First beaver seen in Italy for 450 years

Written on December 7, 2018 at 5:47 pm

A beaver has been seen and filmed using camera traps in Tarvisiano in Friuli-Venezia, in the north-east of Italy. It is believed that the male, nicknamed¬†Ponta by research workers, crossed over the border from Austria. As elsewhere in Europe, beavers were hunted to extinction and heaven’t been present in Italy for over 450 years (IlContinue Reading

Beavers to be introduced to a site in Essex, south-east England

Written on November 7, 2018 at 11:10 am

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,Continue Reading

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