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Proposal to release beavers to tackle flooding in North York Moors National Park

Written on September 27, 2018 at 10:05 am

A five year trial to release beavers into a 16 ha release site in Cropton Forest in the North York Moors National Park in the north of England has been proposed by the Forestry Commission. The aim is to assess how beavers can slow down the flow of water to help protect areas such asContinue Reading

Three beaver road kills reported in the River Wye catchment, Wales

Written on August 6, 2018 at 9:30 am

In April, a beaver was killed on the road near the River Otter in Devon, and was probably an animal that was part of the River Otter Beaver Trial (ROBT). There have also been recent reports of beavers killed on the road in the Wye catchment Wales. One was a road casualty near the CageContinue Reading

Knapdale Beavers Reinforcement Project – recently released beavers observed pairing

Written on August 3, 2018 at 9:00 am

On 30th July, The Scotsman reported that two recently released captive-bred beavers have been filmed pairing successfully. The two beavers were released as part of a three year plan to release 26 beavers over three years to reinforce the Knapdale beaver population. Beavers were first released into Knapdale in Argyll, Scotland in 2009 as part ofContinue Reading

Beavers return to the Forest of Dean in the West of England

Written on July 24, 2018 at 5:23 pm

Forest of Dean Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, released two beavers into a 6.5 ha enclosure in the Forest of Dean today. It is hoped that the activities of the beavers on the Greathough Brook will allay flooding that tends to occur in the village of Lydbrook. Michael Gove said, “The beaver has a specialContinue Reading

PhD position – apply now, “Predicting cascading ecosystem effects of beavers on riparian vegetation and deer”

Written on May 31, 2018 at 8:53 am

A new PhD co-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, the University of Stirling and the James Hutton Institute is now open to applications. Full details on FindAPhD.  Note: the deadline for applications is 11th June 2018.

A new British stamp will feature the beaver

Written on April 13, 2018 at 9:39 am

To celebrate the work done by conservationists and the successful reintroduction of British plants and animals to the UK following their extinction in the wild, the Royal Mail will release a special collection of stamps on 17th April 2018. One of the stamps will feature the European beaver; the others will feature the osprey, poolContinue Reading

Wild beaver killed by car in Devon, England

Written on April 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

A few days ago, an adult female beaver was killed by a car near Langford Bridge, near to the River Otter in Devon. It is very likely that the beaver was part of the River Otter Beaver Trial set up in 2015 and run by Devon Wildlife Trust. The animal was in good health andContinue Reading

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

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