National Trust to release beavers on its estate

Eurasian beavers will be released at two National Trust sites in England early next year to improve flood management and biodiversity, it has announced.

The two pairs of beavers will be released near Exmoor in Somerset and the other near the South Downs as part of the National Trust's wider plan to restore 25,000 hectares of "wildlife-rich" habitats by 2025.

Beavers have been absent from England for 400 years after they were hunted to extinction for their fur, meat and scent glands. 

However, a recent push from conservationists has seen the species reintroduced to east and west Devon, Essex and the Forest of Dean

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