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Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver - Comment - The Ecologist

Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver - Comment - The Ecologist

Since 2005 the beavers have built perhaps thirty dams and as a result they are holding up thousands of tonnes of water at the moment, as almost relentless rain has fallen in the last month. The UK is drenched in flood waters again. With a changing climate meaning this will become a more and more frequent phenomenon, we're going to have to start to think more seriously about how to stop heavy rainfall from soaking people out of their homes and rotting fields of valuable crops. There used to be a creature in Britain which helped significantly with this effort. It was made extinct here around four centuries ago, but recent reintroductions of this rodent have shown the vital role they once had in reducing flooding – and how they could take up that mantle once more. In spite of their reputation for causing floods, beavers also have the capacity for mitigating the impact of floo...

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