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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.

Environment Agency funding to help restore River Ver in St Albans

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Environment Agency has pledged £300,000 for a master plan to restore a river that dried up last summer.

A lake that is part of the River Ver in Verulamium Park, St Albans completely disappeared in September last year, when more than 200 people protested outside the Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub.

The protest, organised by the Ver Valley Society, called for authorities to acknowledge how dry the river had become.

DEFRA drives wider adoption of natural capital techniques

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The government has published a series of guidance, tools, datasets and case studies intended to help put an economic value on the natural environment.

The ‘Enabling a Natural Capital Approach’ (ENCA) package was published today, to sit alongside the Treasury’s ‘Green Book’ on the financial appraisal of policies and projects. It should encourage the wider adoption of natural capital techniques across government, though is also suitable for use across the broader public and private sectors.

Traditional ways are being deployed to help native species and an ancient woodland to flourish

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Heavy horses are being used as part of a biodiversity pilot project to restore an area of land which forms part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) at a water treatment works at Hawkley, Hampshire.

Owned by South East Water, the land is being cleared of large mature conifer trees which have been blocking the light to the forest floor needed for plants to flourish.