“The quantifiable costs and benefits of beaver reintroduction of wild beavers to the River Otter demonstrates that the ecosystem services and social benefits accrued are greater than the financial costs incurred.”
Last month, the five-year trial of beavers in Devon was coming to a close – and things looked very good:
Now the official report is just out – as reported by the DWT on their website:
Re-introducing Devon’s beavers
Devon Wildlife Trust is the lead partner in England’s first licensed beaver re-introduction and monitoring project, on the River Otter in East Devon.
About the project
A population of beavers, of unknown origin, has been present on the River Otter since around 2008. However, when video evidence emerged proving that the beavers had given birth to kits (young) in 2014, the UK Government initially planned to have them removed from the river.
DWT opposed their removal and after consulting with the local community, landowners and public bodies, presented an alternative plan: to turn the situation into a five-year trial to monitor the beavers’ effects on the landscape.
The River Otter Beaver Trial Science and Evidence Report
Click below to read the River Otter Beaver Trial Science and Evidence Report. This major new report from the five year trial finds that beavers bring benefits to people and wildlife…
The news has spread far and wide:
Here’s a perfect story, telling how beavers can help alleviate flooding quite a way downstream – from Sidmouth News Nub:
Beavers help to keep the floods at bay in nearby village
The findings of a five-year study into a wild population of beavers, reintroduced to the River Otter, have been published today showing a positive outcome for the local area. Evidence presented by scientists has concluded that the “quantifiable costs and benefits of beaver reintroduction of wild beavers to the River Otter demonstrates that the ecosystem services and social benefits accrued are greater than the financial costs incurred”.
Beavers have had a positive influence on the flood-prone community of East Budleigh. A family of beavers have constructed six dams upstream of the village, with the result that peak flood flows through the village have been measurably and significantly reduced.
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