In Scotland, beavers became a European Protected Species in May 2019. Their numbers have expanded across Tayside and beyond in recent years, centuries after they became extinct. Beavers are amazing ecosystem engineers, playing a vital role in creating habitats such as ponds and wetlands where other species thrive, alleviating flooding and improving water quality. But beavers also detrimentally impact on some areas of prime farmland by causing flooding of fields.
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The first of several new beavers will be released on Bodmin Moor today as part of a rewilding project.
The Cabilla Beaver Project has been fundraising since April so they can release up to six young beavers to a tributary of the Warleggan River.
Beavers can regenerate landscapes, encourage wildlife and prevent flooding – and they have friends in high places
The must-have accessory for every English country estate was once a gothic folly, a ha-ha or a croquet lawn. Now it is a pair of beavers.
Landowners and large estates are racing to acquire licences to reintroduce the water-loving rodents, which were hunted to extinction in Britain 400 years ago.
The Lake District was once teeming with life, undisturbed by that most invasive of species - human beings. The valleys in particular were densely forested and marshy, which is evident at High Street, where Roman conquerors chose to build their road going over the fell rather than through the bog of the valley below.
Three families of beavers are to be introduced on land managed by the National Trust as part of plans to ease flooding and improve biodiversity.
Two Eurasian beavers have been released in Finchingfield, Essex, as part of an Environment Agency (EA) flood management programme
The pair will be contained in a four hectare woodland enclosure, part of the grade II listed Spains Hall Estate, 16km north-west of Braintree. Beavers have been absent from England for 400 years since they were hunted to extinction, although they have been reintroduced in other parts of the country, including Devon.
Beavers will become a protected species in Scotland from May, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has said.
The long-awaited and controversial move - opposed by many farmers - follows extensive wrangling over how their numbers should be managed.
Farming leaders have raised concerns about the damage caused to agricultural land from their dam-building.
Scottish Natural Heritage will issue guidance for farmers over the coming weeks.
After an absence from Italy of nearly 500 years, beavers are back.
The species, which was once widespread across Europe, has been spotted in Italy’s northerly region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
The animals are believed to have wandered over the border from neighbouring Austria or possibly Slovenia.
An adult beaver was filmed by a camera trap in a forest near Tarvisio, a town that lies in the triangle where Italy, Austria and Slovenia converge.