Cropton Forest welcomes birth of healthy baby beaver

Forestry England has announced the birth of a baby beaver at Cropton Forest on the North York Moors.

The new addition brings the total number of young beavers on the site to three. They join two adults who were initially introduced to the forest in April 2019 as part of a trial to measure their impact on flood management.

The baby kit joins two siblings Credit: Forestry England

Foresty England says the two kits born in May last year are both progressing well, pulling their weight with various important tasks. They are now helping their parents take care of their new sibling.

 Cath Bashforth, Ecologist at Forestry England said:

It is delightful to see the strong family bond on the footage from the trail cameras, with last year’s offspring helping with the new arrival. I look forward to watching the kit grow and learn from its siblings over the next few months. It will be fascinating to watch them work together as a family to further change the site with new dams and channels, reconnecting the river with its floodplain.

Cath Bashforth, Forestry England

Beavers are extremely family-orientated, with kits staying with their group for at least two years.

 Alan Eves, Forest Management Director at Forestry England said:

We introduced the adult pair to the 10-hectare enclosure in Cropton Forest on the North York Moors back in April 2019 as a five-year Forestry England  trial to measure their impact on flood management in association with the Slowing the Flow project. This is the third kit to be born since the start of the project and we are delighted that the family have settled in so well.

Alan Eves, Forestry England