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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!

Beavers can benefit people and nature

Written on January 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The start of the New Year has heralded several articles in the media about the potential benefits that beavers can bring to people (e.g. alleviate flooding, reduce sediment and pollutant levels in rivers) and nature (e.g. create diverse new habitats with a wealth of plants and animals) and refer to the 5-year trial release ofContinue Reading

The National Trust to release beavers in two places in the south of England.

Written on November 21, 2019 at 9:27 am

In 2020 The National Trust will introduce a pair of beavers into fenced enclosures at both Holnicote (also Atlas Obscura) near Exmoor in the County of Somerset and Valewood, Black Down in the South Downs near Haslemere. The recently announced plans have been approved by Natural England and the impacts of the beavers on theContinue Reading

China’s “Princess of the Beavers” on a conservation mission

Written on November 18, 2019 at 7:53 pm

In the Altay prefecture in Northern Xinjiang, People’s Republic of China, Chu Wenwen is a wildlife biologist working to try and save the endangered Sino-Mongolian beaver. From a very young age Chu Wenwen has followed and learnt from her father Chu Hongjun, a notable wildlife expert. The Sino-Mongolian beaver, Castor fiber birulai, is only found onContinue Reading

“Beavers like music!”

Written on November 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm

The Diplomat has an interesting article about rangers in Mongolia and the work they do, including looking after a captive group of 48 beavers from Russia and Germany. These are used for reintroduction projects. To quote, “Reintroduction projects haved gained popularity as beaver dams improve watersheds and help restore the natural ecosystem.”  Apparently, the captiveContinue Reading

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