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Welsh Beaver Project

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Beavers will help nature recover in Wales

Beavers are known for their amazing ability to manage wetland habitats, breathing new life into them for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Beavers in Wales

The Welsh Beaver Project has been investigating the feasibility of bringing wild beavers back to Wales since 2005. This work is being led by North Wales Wildlife Trust on behalf of all five Wildlife Trusts in Wales as part of our Living Landscapes strategy and we now hope to undertake a managed reintroduction to Wales.

 

Beavers are known as nature's engineers. They make changes to their habitats which create diverse wetlands for other species to thrive.

Why are beavers important?

Beavers were once widespread across the Wales, but due to over hunting by humans for their fur, meat and scent glands they became extinct after the Middle Ages in Wales and by the end of the 16th Century they were extinct from the rest of Britain.

Beavers are very special animals because they play a vital role in enriching biodiversity by restoring and managing river and wetland ecosystems. They are known as a ‘keystone species’ because their activities can benefit a wide range of other animals and plants that live in rivers and wetlands.

Cors Dyfi female beaver emerging at waters edge

Cors Dyfi female beaver emerging at waters edge © Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Cors Dyfi beaver family reunited!!

Following on from the release of the male beaver, ‘Barti’, and his son in late March, the mother beaver has now been reunited with her family group. The whole beaver family is now together at Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s beaver enclosure within Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve.

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Beaver family - Jeremy Usher Smith

Beaver family © Jeremy Usher Smith

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Our Plans

Feasibility studies were undertaken in 2008 and we have recently submitted a licence application to Natural Resources Wales (NRW) for a managed reintroduction of beavers onto the River Dyfi. This will be a 5-year pilot to monitor the effects of beavers in the wild in Wales. We have established a Beaver Management Network as part of our proposals and this includes setting up a network of beaver volunteers who will be on-hand to deal with any problems caused by beavers so that we can all enjoy the benefits that beavers bring.

In due course there will be a public consultation led by NRW for people to have their say and hopefully beavers will be back in the Welsh landscape once again. We will keep you updated!

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Beaver in vegetation by David Parkyn @cornwall wildlife trust

Beaver in vegetation by David Parkyn @cornwall wildlife trust

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