Saturday, 19 July 2008

Beavers About

There has been lots of media coverage on proposals to reintroduce the European beaver to the UK (http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/viva-la-beaver-britains-population-is-beginning-to-thrive-again-863791.html). An update on the contentious Bulgarian beavers released in the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester in Gloucestershire (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2005/oct/28/conservationandendangeredspecies.uknewshave)
suggested they were the first of their species for 100's of years to produce offspring in the UK. The report does not identify whether Tony and Cherie, Gordon and Sarah or John and Pauline are the happy 'parents'. The owners suggest that the introduced animals will not escape into the 'genuine' environment but I can't think that that is entirely certain. Again, I don't think that the beaver enthusiasts can be really certain what the effects of the reintroduction will be on environments and other species.

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