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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

Beaver seen on Loch Lomand in Scotland

Written on November 5, 2019 at 12:39 pm

A beaver has been seen to the southeast of Loch Lomand in Scotland. The Loch is 36 km long and 1-8 km wide with its southern shores about 23 km northwest of the City of Glasgow. This is a significant sighting since it shows that beavers have made their way west from the River Tay,Continue Reading

Beaver Management Strategy Framework

Written on July 25, 2019 at 9:55 am

The Beaver Management Strategy Framework  has been published “to help inform decisions regarding the long-term management of beavers, the wetland habitats they establish, and their general activities in the River Otter (Devon, England) in the future” . It can be viewed on the Devon Wildlife Trust web pages.

The return of the beaver in Russia

Written on July 14, 2019 at 5:13 pm

The Beaver Aquarium, a beaver breeding centre in Voronezh State Biosphere Nature Reserve, was set up in 1924 after hunting was prohibited by The Soviet government; at the time there were few beavers left in the wild. Beavers have been bred at the Aquarium and released since 1934, and now the population in southern RussiaContinue Reading

Young beavers filmed in Cropton Forest in the north of England

Written on July 8, 2019 at 5:26 pm

A pair of beavers were translocated to Cropton Forest near Pickering in North Yorkshire, England in April as part of a five year trial to see how their dam building would reduce flooding. Recent film shows that the pair have had two kits since their release (ITV News, BBC News, Yorkshire Post, Yahoo News).

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).

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