Devon’s ‘ecosystem builders’ are here to stay, reports Sophie Yeo

Devon’s beavers are here to stay. In August, the government officially declared that a five-year reintroduction trial run by Devon Wildlife Trust had been successful. Suddenly the precarious presence of these mammals, which appeared mysteriously in the river Otter over a decade ago, is secure.

Beavers were hunted to extinction in the UK around 400 years ago – they were treasured for their fur and for the oil known as castoreum, which was used in medieval times to treat headaches and later as ...


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