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Why things could get really wild for Pippa’s in-laws . . .


BEAVERS could return to a Scottish glen 400 years after being driven to extinction, thanks to Pippa Middleton’s husband, James Matthews, and his family.

Rewilding charity Trees For Life — working on behalf of a partnershi­p that includes government agency Forestry and Land Scotland and four private landowners, including the Matthews’ Glen Affric Estate — is to apply for a licence to reintroduc­e the mammals to Glen Affric in the Highlands.

If approved by NatureScot, reintroduc­tions will take place in Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin as early as autumn this year. ‘The return of beavers to Glen Affric would be a story of hope and renewal,’ says Alan McDonnell, conservati­on manager at Trees For Life.

Pippa’s brother, James Middleton, is a regular host and guest for parties at the Glen Affric estate in Inverness-shire. Pippa’s father-in-law, David Matthews, bought the grounds in 2008 along with the main house, Affric Lodge, set within 10,000 acres.

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