Plans to release beavers into the wild in England have been set out in a consultation launched on the 25 August.
Following on from some pilot controlled reintroductions, it marks a “cautious step” towards further reintroductions and establishing native beaver populations.
In the right place, beavers can play a hugely significant role in helping to restore nature across England. Widely referred to as ‘ecosystem engineers’, they create dams from trees, mud and rocks, which raise water levels, creating pools and wetland habitats which support the recovery of a wide range of native species.
The consultation which closes on the 17th November, can be found at: Consultation on approach to beaver reintroduction and management in England - Defra - Citizen Space
The Wildlife Trust are hosting a free webinar and panel discussion on the topic on Thursday 16th September - more info about the event can be found here: WildLive Bringing Back Beavers.