Beavers are amazing

Believe it or not beavers are native to the UK and we are currently in the first stages of their reintroduction to selected parts of Scotland and England. They are the ultimate equilibrium device for water distribution and flow and have enormous positive effects on biodiversity and water quality, all of which has earned them the grand biological labels: ecosystem engineers and keystone species. Here’s a list of just some of the many benefits they bring:

If you’re interested in the reintroduction, take a look at the blog for the Scottish Beaver trial or check out the paper in the references below.

References

Rosell, F., Bozser, O., Collen, P. & Parker, H. (2005). Ecological impact of beavers Castor fiber and Castor canadensis and their ability to modify ecosystems. Mammal Review, 35, 248–276.

 
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