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Beavers may worsen the effects of climate change in the arctic

Written on December 28, 2017 at 11:03 am

As the climate warms and Canadian beavers move northwards into the arctic, there are concerns that their engineering works may accelerate the thawing of the permafrost. Beaver dams pond back water and slow down the flow, and newly cut beaver channels can allow warmer water to move into the frozen tundra. These impacts of beaversContinue Reading

Plans to introduce beavers into the Forest of Dean in the west of England gain approval

Written on December 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

Plans to release two adult beavers and two young into a 6.5 ha enclosure to alleviate flooding in the village of Lydbrook have been approved by Natural England (NE) and backed by the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove (GOV.UK). The beavers will be released in the spring of 2018. Michael Gove said, “The beaver has aContinue Reading

Three beavers introduced into Knapdale, Scotland

Written on December 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

Beavers were first introduced into Knapdale in Argyll, Scotland in 2009 as part of the Scottish Beaver Trial. In November 2016, after the five year trial had ended, the Scottish Government announced that beavers would be given protected status in Scotland. This includes the large “illegal” population of beavers on the River Tay which probablyContinue Reading

The mixed fortunes of an illegal family of beavers found near Beauly in Scotland

Written on November 1, 2017 at 9:00 am

In July 2017, conservation organisations have expressed concern about plans by the Scottish Government to remove and relocate a family of beavers, including kits, which has been released illegally on a river near Beauly in the Highlands in Scotland (BBC News) . In October 2017, concerns were expressed that two trapped beavers from the familyContinue Reading

Plans to release beavers to help prevent an English village being flooded stalled

Written on September 19, 2017 at 10:41 am

Plans to release a family of beavers into a large enclosure around Greathough Brook above the village of Lydbrook on the north-west edge of the Forest of Dean in the county of Gloucestershire, England have yet to be approved by the Government (see The Guardian and BBC News). It is hoped that the plans, which are supportedContinue Reading

Altercation between a dog and a beaver on the River Otter in Devon, Southwest England

Written on July 6, 2017 at 11:03 am

There have been recent reports of an incident between a dog and a beaver that occurred near a footpath along the River Otter, near Otterton in Devon (BBC News, Devonlive, ITV News, Sidmouth Herald). It appears that a dog that was not on a lead received injuries that are not life threatening.  It is likely that theContinue Reading

English study starts to demostrate the benefits of beavers

Written on June 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

Evidence is building from an enclosed beaver study being carried out by Devon Wildlife Trust, under the direction of Prof Richard Brazier from Exeter University and other scientists, of the benefits of beavers in providing: natural protection against flooding, cleaning water of pollutants thus improving water supplies, reducing soil loss and enhancing biodiversity. However, there are sceptics whoContinue Reading

Will beavers be introduced into the Forest of Dean in Gloucestshire, England to alleviate flooding?

Written on February 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Recent reports (BBC Radio Gloucestshire, GloucestershireLive) indicate that the Forestry Commission is considering intruducing beavers into Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean to help stop a village from flooding. Further details can be found here.

Latest report on studies being carried out on beavers in Devon, England is now available

Written on February 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) have recently released an up-to-date report on the scientific research being carried out on the captive beaver colony in Devon and on the population of wild beavers living on the River Otter in Devon. DWT is the lead partner in the first licensed beaver re-introduction and monitoring project to be carriedContinue Reading

Scottish Government decides to allow beavers to remain in Scotland

Written on November 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, has announced that beavers will be allowed to remain in Scotland and be listed as a protected species. The long-awaited decision means that for the first time a mammal has been officially reintroduced into the UK, and has been welcomed by many, including:Continue Reading

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