On the River Otter: beavers here to stay

“After years of uncertainty, England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years has been given the permanent right to remain in their East Devon river home.”

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The project to allow for the reintroduction of beavers on the River Otter has been going very well:

On the River Otter: successful rewilding of the beaver – Vision Group for Sidmouth

With a final formal report out earlier this year, to determine their longer-term future:

On the River Otter: final beaver report – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And now their future has been secured:

Devon beavers can stay | radioexe.co.uk

River Otter beavers allowed to stay following ‘groundbreaking’ government decision | Sidmouth Herald

As reported by the Independent today:

A five-year study into the reintroduction of beavers on the River Otter in Devon has been a “brilliant success”, ecologists have said and the government will now consult on further releases after the species was shown to increase biodiversity and reduce flood risks. The trial has shown how rapidly beavers can bring a “wealth of benefits” to the areas they inhabit, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said.

Beaver reintroduction study hailed by government as ‘brilliant success’, as further releases planned | The Independent

And of course by the Devon Wildlife Trust:

Government says beavers can stay in their Devon home

• Defra announces ‘pioneering’ wildlife decision
• Secures a future for the first ever reintroduction of an extinct native mammal to England
• Stamp of approval for five years’ of ground-breaking work by Devon Wildlife Trust

After years of uncertainty, England’s first wild breeding population of beavers for 400 years has been given the permanent right to remain in their East Devon river home.

The decision announced today by Defra is a landmark one, as it signals the first legally sanctioned reintroduction of an extinct native mammal to England. It means that the beaver population, which lives on the River Otter and is estimated to consist of up to 15 family groups, now has a secure future.

Government says beavers can stay in their Devon home | Devon Wildlife Trust

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