News for: Beavers

Dam fine: estate owners across UK queue up to reintroduce beavers

Friday, February 14, 2020

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.

A balance must be struck between rewilding the Lake District and farming

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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.

Beavers move into Essex after 400 years

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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 to become protected species in Scotland

Monday, April 1, 2019

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.

Beavers are back in Italy after an absence of nearly 500 years as big mammals rebound in Europe

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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.

Dam It! How Beavers Could Save Britain from Flooding

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

At a secret location in the rolling pasture of west Devon lies a marshy patch of farmland protected by £35,000-worth of solar-powered electric fencing. This isn’t to keep people out but to restrain the tree-chomping, river-damming residents of these three hectares. Outside the fence is a typical small valley, with a trickle of a stream, willow thickets and pasture grazed by cattle. Inside the enclosure, the tiny stream has been blocked by 13 dams, creating pools and half-metre-wide canals.

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