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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

Crowfunding campaign launched to raise money for the beavers in Devon, South West England

Written on November 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Devon Wildlife Trust have launced a crowdfunding campaign to support the re-introduction and monitoring of beavers on the River Otter, Devon. The science-led project is one year into a five year trial licenced by the government. For more information and ways to support the campaign, visit their website (also see Devon Wildlife Trust River OtterContinue Reading

The Eurasian Beaver Handbook now available

Written on September 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

By: Róisín Campbell-Palmer , Derek Gow , Ruairidh Campbell , Helen Dickinson , Simon J Girling , John Gurnell , Duncan Halley , Simon Jones , Skip Lisle , Howard Parker , Gerhard Schwab &, Frank Rosell Published by Pelagic Publishing, Exeter, UK Paperback | Aug 2016 | #229565 | ISBN-13: 9781784271138 Hardback | AugContinue Reading

New beaver kits seen on the River Otter in Devon

Written on June 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

One of the female beavers involved in the licensed River Otter Beaver Trial being carried out by Devon Wildlife Trust has been filmed with a kit (BBC News). Altogether there are thought to be three kits in the family group, which is an encouraging sign that the trial is going well.

Beaver washed up on beach in Devon, southwest England

Written on June 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm

On June 2nd, the Herald Express reported a large, decomposed beaver washed up on a beach in Brixham in Devon, southwest England. Beavers will frequent river estuaries but are not sea-living creatures. This animal is likely to have been washed down a tidal river into the sea and then moved by currents. Subsequent reports indicateContinue Reading

Two new beavers join those living wild on the River Otter in Devon

Written on May 29, 2016 at 8:34 pm

An adult male and an adult female beaver were released by Devon Wildlife Trust on the River Otter in Devon on 26th May to join the group of 12 or more animals already living on the river. Their release was approved by Natural England as part of the 5 year River Otter Beaver Trial. DNA tests hadContinue Reading

New evidence that beaver ponds act as nitrogen sinks

Written on April 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm

A recent paper by Lazar et al. in the Journal of  Environmental  Quality reports that 5–45% of watershed nitrate-N loading in rural watersheds of southern New England is removed by beaver ponds. This confirms that beaver ponds are substantial sinks for nitrogen (Gizmodo; see Bibliography page for full reference).

Scottish government delay the decision about the future of beavers in Scotland until later this year

Written on March 24, 2016 at 9:00 am

Scottish ministers were due to announce a decision about the future of beavers in Scotland in the summer of 2015, just a few months after the 5-year official trial release of beavers at Knapdale had come to the end. However, they have postponed their announcement until later this year (Scottish Government). The delay is disappointing toContinue Reading

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