A beaver swimming © Ben Lee
Since 2011, Devon Wildlife Trust has been running a beaver project on a securely-fenced, private site in western Devon.
Beavers have been introduced to a 2.8 hectare plot of wet woodland and rough grassland so that DWT can monitor the ecological effects of these once-native mammals.
Our research focuses on the impact of beavers on:
- Trees and other plants
- Wildlife populations, including amphibians, bats & breeding birds
- Water levels and flow rates through the site
- Water quality either side of beaver dams
Results will be published in 2016 and will contribute to the debate
around re-introduction of the Eurasian beaver in England.
Devon Wildlife Trust is also leading a scientific trial centred on a population of wild beavers living on the River Otter in East Devon. Find out more here.