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Beavers released in North Yorkshire as part of flood defence scheme

A pair of beavers are being released into a North Yorkshire forest as part of a revolutionary experiment to tackle flooding.

Pair of beavers being released in Cropton Forest Credit: Forestry England / Sam Oakes

Forestry England moved a pair of Eurasian beavers from Scotland to Cropton Forest.

The five-year trial follows a project in Pickering which showed that building artificial dams can have a major impact on rising water levels.

This will be the first time in the UK that the effects beaver have on artificial dams have ever been studied.

Forestry England expect that the beavers’ activity in Cropton Forest will improve biodiversity and may have the potential to reduce the impact of flooding locally.

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Today’s landmark occasion sees the introduction of a cornerstone species that has been absent from our landscape for over 300 years.

We are looking forward to seeing the beavers settle into their new home and are very interested to watch how they impact on the water flow and surrounding ecology. "

– Alan Eves, Forestry England Forest Management Director
Eurasian beaver swimming Credit: Forestry England / Sam Oakes