Category Archives: Beavers

Squirrels, Pheasants and Beavers: the confusing world of animal releases

  Scotland is once again ahead of the game (or at least ahead of England) as far as legal protection for wildlife is concerned. Scottish Environment Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, announced recently that Beavers would be given the strict protection afforded … Continue reading

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Put a Beaver in your River

Summer, nearly six years ago, and I was doing a lot of walking. That day, Chesil beach, with the long thin lake of the Fleet behind, was sunny and I found myself thoughtlessly kicking a large lump of peat. Peat? … Continue reading

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Free the Beaver: Michael Gove officially endorses legal #Beaver releases into the English Countryside

Is there any comedy value to be extracted from the fact that on the day the Brexiteers capitulated (or were outmanoeuvred) on membership of the Single Market, leading Brexist Michael Gove chose to announce that Beavers would be released in … Continue reading

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Beavers – cute and cuddly?

Just in case anyone thought Beavers were cute and cuddly, this news piece from Canada should make you think again. Imagine the scenes in Ottery St Mary…..

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Invasive Plants caused muddled thinking

  The BBC picked up a story about “invasive plants” yesterday, but didn’t do a very good job of conveying its messages. The paper just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is from Chris Thomas’ group at … Continue reading

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Beavers: Common Sense may have broken out at Defra

The Beavers of the River Otter in Devon have been under threat of being “rehomed” in a zoo, thanks to pressure from The Angling Trust (no beavers do not eat fish). This was partly due to paranoia that the beavers … Continue reading

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How the Beaver got its name.

Following saturday’s blog on Beavers, I was curious to know how the Beaver got its name. Apparently it has a very long history. A long extinct language has been reconstructed from existing languages,  called Proto Indo European. This language is … Continue reading

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Angling Trust calls for Beavers to be shot: Defra Evicts Beavers from Otter

As some of you may know  a Beaver family has been spotted on the River Otter in East Devon.  A lone Beaver was seen last Summer, and this year, it appears that there is a family. How did that happen? … Continue reading

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Conservation needs Change

This a continuation of the series of blogs stimulated by the re-wilding and conservation debate at the Linnean Society on Wednesday. I looked at how people’s relationship with nature has evolved to the point now where we can more or … Continue reading

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Dams and Dredging Update

Coincidentally, following Monday’s blog I received an email from Natural England yesterday. They informed me that   “A member of our Land Management Team has investigation the situation and we appreciate your concerns about the work undertaken.  The farmer was … Continue reading

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