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Beavers Build Back Better – but their future is not secure - The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts have pioneered the reintroduction of beavers to Britain ever since Kent Wildlife Trust released these industrious creatures into a fenced area of fenland in 2001. Then followed the Scottish Beaver Trial, which saw the first ever reintroduction of a native extinct mammal to the British Isles since they were hunted to extinction over 400 years ago. Later, in 2015, the River Otter Beaver Trial, based in East Devon and led by Devon Wildlife Trust, enabled beavers to roam wild again in England.

Devon Wildlife Trust beaver female with kits (copyright Mike Symes)
Devon Wildlife Trust beaver female with kits (copyright Mike Symes)

Beavers are back, but their future is not secure. The Wildlife Trusts are calling for a Beaver Strategy for England which would provide a roadmap for a future where:

The Wildlife Trusts and our partners believe that beavers should be an integral part of a green recovery. The impressive and ever-growing body of independent scientific evidence reveals the vast array of benefits that beavers can bring to society by working with nature. These include:

Beavers create thriving ecosystems helping us to put nature firmly back on the road to recovery. And they do all this for free.

Posted on: 15 May 2020

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