Reintroducing the beaver in a bid to combat future flooding

Beavers build dams which hold water upstream, allowing it to dissipate more slowly into the rivers system, reducing potential flood risks. Photo: PA

There are calls for beavers to be reintroduced to the wild as part of the future management of water to prevent flooding. A native species hundreds of years ago, British beavers were hunted to extinction. The dams they build in tributaries and ditches hold back water upstream, allowing it to dissipate more slowly into the rivers system. reducing the potential flood risk.

Captive beavers at Escot Park in east Devon are so good at damming their work has to be partially dismantled each day Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners believe a project to bring them back to the wild really could help and is achievable.

John Michael Kennaway is a landowner at Escot Park near Ottery St Mary in Devon.

Bob Cruwys reports:-