22 September 2021
This year a record number of beavers are being released in the UK by the Wildlife Trust, including Derbyshire. Two beaver families will soon be making Egginton Brook their new home, with the hope of not only re-introducing a species, but restoring an entire ecosystem.
Eurasian beavers are native to Britain but following hunting for their fur, meat and castoreum (a secretion used in perfumes, food, and medicine), became extinct in the 16th century. Following their extinction, many habitats subsequently declined included meres, mires, tarns, bogs and lakes.
In 2001 the first pair of beavers were reintroduced to the UK and following their success, more have followed, As a keystone species, beavers naturally maintain and manage important wetland habitats, benefiting a whole host of flora and fauna as well as improving the health and functioning of river systems. The landscapes they engineer have been shown to reduce downstream flooding, increase water retention and reduce pollution.
This event by Kate Lemon from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will discuss the beaver release project in Derbyshire, the work that has allowed the project to happen and what they hope to see nature's engineers achieve in the next 5 years.
Part of the CIWEM Biodiversity digital series.
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Kate Lemon has worked in nature conservation for 25 years, leading teams of staff and volunteers on practical tasks across Derbyshire and managing a wide variety of projects. These include: species re-introductions; large scale habitat creation and restoration; in addition to managing Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s conservation farm and county-wide grazing for wildlife project
This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.
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If you have any queries about this talk, please contact Katie Loakes at Katie.Loakes@severntrent.co.uk.
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