Beavers return to the East Midlands after 800 year absence

Beavers are back in the East Midlands for the first time in 800 years.

Two of the animals were transported in the early hours on August 29 from Scotland to their new home at a nature reserve at Willington in south Derbyshire.

The pair were captured in early August and had been quarantining until their big move day.

Beavers are often referred to as 'ecosystem engineers'.

As they make changes to their habitats, such as damming smaller water courses and digging 'beaver canal' systems.

Our correspondent Peter Bearne was at the wetlands nature reserver to witness history being made.

Today, a second pair of beavers were introduced to the nature reserve in south Derbyshire.

Two adults, a male and female will now settle into their new home at Willington Wetlands Nature Reserve.

They had travelled hundreds of miles from Devon.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust says the animals will help re-wild the area and could help prevent flooding.

They added the beavers will create dams which will slow down the flow of water and divert it onto the wet meadows away from the village of Willington.

Experts also believe the creatures will bring with them a positive impact on the local economy from nature tourism.

  • Pictures from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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