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Forest of Dean beavers removed for parasite testing

Written on February 15, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Two beavers released into the Forest of Dean enclosure in the West of England last summer have been removed. They will be kept in quarantine and tested for the tapeworm parasite Echinococcus multicularis.  This is a precautionary measure because other beavers imported into the UK from the same area in Bavaria where they originally cameContinue Reading

Legislation to protect beavers in Scotland delayed until 2019

Written on December 27, 2018 at 9:03 am

In November 2016, The Scottish Government stated that beavers in Scotland (on the River Tay and at Knapdale) would get European Protected Status. Legislation is now expected to be brought in in 2019. Currently, many beavers are being killed on the Tay because of their impact on farmland (The Courier).

BACE Meeting 6th November 2018

Written on December 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

A meeting of the Committee was held at Knepp Castle Estate on 6th November 2018. The Minutes of the meeting and a separate Summary and Conclusions document can be obtained by following the link in the left margin.

First beaver seen in Italy for 450 years

Written on December 7, 2018 at 5:47 pm

A beaver has been seen and filmed using camera traps in Tarvisiano in Friuli-Venezia, in the north-east of Italy. It is believed that the male, nicknamed Ponta by research workers, crossed over the border from Austria. As elsewhere in Europe, beavers were hunted to extinction and heaven’t been present in Italy for over 450 years (IlContinue Reading

Beavers to be introduced to a site in Essex, south-east England

Written on November 7, 2018 at 11:10 am

A 4 ha enclosure has been built at Spains Hall Estate, near Braintree in the county of Essex and a breeding pair of beavers will be introduced to the enclosure soon. The aim is to help control water levels and prevent downstream flooding at Finchingfield, as well as improving habitat quality and increasing biodiversity. Interestingly,Continue Reading

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.

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