Natural England greenlights beaver release to boost biodiversity

Four beavers will be reintroduced to the Forest of Dean in spring next year in a bid to improve biodiversity and to build dams and ponds

Beavers are slowly making their way back. Photograph: Martin Steiner/123RFFour beavers will be released into 6.5 hectare enclosure in the Forest of Dean in a bid to improve biodiversity.

Forestry Commission plans to re-introduce two adult beavers and two kits were approved by environment secretary Michael Gove in September and a formal application was rubberstamped by Natural England in October. They will be released in spring 2018.

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