NAT­U­RAL HIS­TO­RIES: BEAVER

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

Brett West­wood goes to a se­cret lo­ca­tion in Devon to spend the night watch­ing for the beavers that now live there, in the wild, as part of a new trial of their ef­fect on the land­scape. They are seen as po­ten­tial green engi­neers, able to raise wa­ter lev­els and in­flu­ence the land­scape in a ben­e­fi­cial way. The beaver has van­ished from our cul­ture be­cause we ex­tin­guished it 600 years ago, but con­ser­va­tion­ists are now try­ing out a new rap­proche­ment with this re­silient and en­dear­ing an­i­mal, which will test our po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural will.

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