Beavers' do dam good work cleaning water, research reveals

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Eurasian beaver in water eating twigBeavers have been shown to reduce pollution entering water supplies. Photo, Michael Symes

Beavers could help clean up polluted rivers and stem the loss of valuable soils from farms, new research shows.

Tagged with: Species, Beavers, Devon, Devon Wildlife Trust, Hydrology, Richard Brazier, Sediment, University of Exeter, Water quality

Countdown for Wildlife: we need to Act Swiftly

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Nature-friendly farmers, planners, local authorities, wildlife experts and people who care about nature are being urged to seize a unique opportunity for new national farming and planning policies to reverse the decline of English wildlife.

Tagged with: Species, Act Swiftly, Devon Wildlif eTrust, The Wildlife Trusts

Death of a wild beaver confirmed

Thursday 5th April 2018

Beaver on riverbankPhoto, David White

The death of one of East Devon’s wild beaver population has been announced by the Devon Wildlife Trust.

Tagged with: Species, Beaver, Devon, Devon Wildlife Trust, River Otter, Run over, Wildlife

Has Santa's beard been found in North Devon?

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Hedgehog fungusThe hedgehog fungus found by Meg Galley-Taylor

If Father Christmas appears beardless in our skies this Christmas then he could do worse than to visit North Devon to reclaim his famous white facial fuzz.

Tagged with: Species, Beard, Devon Wildlife Trust, Father Christmas, Fungi, Meg, North devon, Santa Claus

Rare strawberry spider spotted at Meeth

Tuesday 26th September 2017

A rare strawberry spider has been spotted at Meeth Quarry reserve. Photo, Rob Wolton

A rare and remarkable looking spider has been discovered living at one of Devon Wildlife Trust's North Devon nature reserves.

Tagged with: Species, Devon, Discovery, Meeth, Nature reserve, Rob Wolton, Strawberry spider

Life found in North Devon dinosaur!

Monday 14th August 2017

Bats have set up home in the belly of a triceratops in North DevonLesser horseshoe bats have been discovered living in the belly of a huge model triceratops

Sixty-six millions years after they were believed to have become extinct, life has been discovered once more in the body of a huge dinosaur.

Tagged with: Species, Bats, Combe Martin, Devon, Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project, Devon Wildlife Trust, Dinosaur

Beavers scoop top BBC Countryfile Magazine Award

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Beaver kits on river bank Two beaver kits feed on the banks of the River Otter, summer 2017

The remarkable story of Devon’s wild beavers goes on with the announcement that the Westcountry rodents have now won a top national award.

Tagged with: Species, Beaver, Devon, Devon Wildlife Trust, River Otter Beaver Trial

We've been nominated for a top BBC Countryfile award!

Thursday 19th January 2017

A beaver sits on the banks of the River OtterWith your vote our work with the River Otter beavers could win an award

Local conservation charity Devon Wildlife Trust could be in line for a prestigious honour for its work with beavers.

Tagged with: Species, BBC, Beavers, Countryfile, Devon, Devon Wildlife Trust. Scotland

Massive seed collection gets underway

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Devon Wildlife Trust is playing a key part in an initiative which is protecting the nation’s ‘tree heritage’.

Tagged with: Species, Devon Wildlife Trust, Kew, Millennium Seed Bank, Nature reserves, Seeds

Two new beavers released at secret East Devon location

Thursday 26th May 2016

Beaver takes its first wild swimA female beaver takes to the water in its new East Devon home. Photo, Nick Upton/naturepl.com

• Two beavers released to join existing wild colony on River Otter • Successful – and sanctioned - release hailed as crucial next step in the story of England’s wild beaver • New arrivals will add to the ‘genetic diversity’ of the existing wild population

Tagged with: Species, Beavers, Devon, Devon Wildlife Trust, Release, River Otter, River Otter Beaver Trial