Bring back the beaver

Target: DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs)

Beavers were hunted to extinction in the UK centuries ago, but some have recently been set back into the wild in some places across the country.

After a five year trial in Devon, we now know that the beavers can help prevent flooding by building dams, holding water and slowing the flow before floods hit towns and villages.

In the aftermath of Storm Dennis, we must reimagine how we manage our natural world, and look at all options to lessen devastation like this in the future. The reintroduction of beavers will play an important role in natural flood management, while offering other environmental benefits.

We call on the Government to support the reintroduction of beavers across England.

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