25 Sep '14, 9am

Save the free beavers of England! Government preparing to trap next month - The Ecologist

Save the free beavers of England! Government preparing to trap next month - The Ecologist

There are rumours that traps have been ordered and moved into the area. Locals fear that the capturing could begin as soon as October. After an absence of more than two centuries, wild beavers have returned to Britain. For me that is an exciting thing to say. At first they reappeared in Scotland - through escapees in Perthshire and an official reintroduction programme in Argyll. Now they are in England too, living and breeding on the River Otter in Devon. Like most people I was thrilled when I heard the news. An iconic species was returning, enhancing biodiversity and enriching our environment. And it was happening with minimal fuss. or trouble. Sadly, not everyone has seen it that way. The response from the government and some special interest groups has been depressingly familiar. The animals they say, are a threat. They will harm fish stocks, they could carry disease. A...

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