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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).

Beavers released into enclosure in Essex, South-east England

Written on March 16, 2019 at 10:58 am

Following the post on 7th November 2018, a pair of beavers have now been released into a 4 ha enclosure on Spains Hall Estate in Finchingfield, Essex in the east of England to help prevent flooding. The estate is now owned by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. The environment Agency will monitor flows in Finchingfield BrookContinue Reading

Beavers in Scotland to be given legal protection

Written on February 25, 2019 at 10:22 am

In a significant development, the Scottish Government have finally announced that they will introduce legislation to add beavers to the list of European protected species. As a consequence, any person wishing to control beavers (e.g. by shooting) will require a licence from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The move, welcomed by many people and organisations butContinue Reading

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).

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