Enclosed Beaver Project

Enclosed Beaver Project

Nature's water engineers

Since 2011, Devon Wildlife Trust has been running a beaver project on a securely-fenced, private site in western Devon

A summary of initial findings from the Devon Beaver Projects screen shot

How beavers affect water environments

We recently released a new report that summarises the results of the research being undertaken in Devon to investigate the effects of beavers on the water environment.


Find out more about the impacts of beavers

Beaver swimming through ponds in the enclosed beaver project area

Beaver. Photo, Andrew Taylor

DWT beaver research

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.

Working closely with scientists from the University of Exeter, 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

Our work on the Enclosed Beaver Project has been supported by Viridor Credits Environment Company, The Truell Charitable Foundation and Westland Countryside Stewards. 

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.

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You can play a part by supporting Devon's beavers! Adopt a Beaver, purchase a wood chip gnawed by a Devon beaver or make a donation and you'll be playing a role in the century's most exciting conservation project.

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