The benefits of letting beavers loose in England's rivers

An evaluation of a first-of-a-kind beaver project in Devon has found that the biodiversity and flood management benefits that Eurasian beavers bring to English landscapes far out outweigh any negatives, but some farmers are concerned about their impact on farmland. James Agyepong-Parsons reports

Beaver fever is sweeping across England. 

Hunted to extinction during the 17th century for their fur, meat and scent glands, a recent push from conservationists has seen the Eurasian species reintroduced to east and west Devon, Essex, the Forest of Dean, Somerset and the South Downs, and Cumbria. Another reintroduction is set for West Sussex later this year. 

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