‘An amazing story’: Devon beaver reintroduction deemed a success

A colony of beavers in a Devon river has brought social and economic benefits that “far outweigh the costs”, according to a team of experts that is concluding a five-year study of the reintroduction scheme.

While mystery surrounds how the beavers, which have been extinct in England for 400 years, originally colonised stretches of the River Otter, Natural England confirmed in 2015 that the colony could remain in the area on a temporary basis, under a licence granted to the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Experts from the University of Exeter are now concluding their study into the beavers’ environmental and social impacts, with their full study set to be published in February. 

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