After following successful reintroductions of beavers in parts of the UK, more are to be introduced in five more counties in England and Wales.
The Wildlife Trusts will release 20 beavers in Derbyshire, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Montgomeryshire, having already released them in Dorset this week. 400 years ago in the UK, beavers were hunted to extinction but now thanks to various rewilding programmes, they are making a sweet recovery.
“Beavers are a fantastic keystone species that have a hugely important role to play in restoring nature to Britain,” said Craig Bennett, chief executive of The Wildlife Trusts. “Beavers help stop flooding downstream, filter out impurities and they create new homes for otters, water voles and kingfishers.”