The furry creatures with a reputation for changing landscapes pretty much over night, beavers have been a prominent feature in the press of late. Whilst their reintroduction to various parts of the UK initially stirred some criticism, the positive results of their diligent work are now being recognised by communities the countryside over.
The winter months in the UK often bring terrible flooding to particular regions. But whilst it previously seemed that the methods to prevent flooding disasters would cost more than a pretty penny, now there may be a cheaper, and more visually appealing option!
Having appeared on the River Otter over a decade ago, experts say that the animals have begun to make significant positive changes to the landscape. By creating their signature dams and felling trees on the banks of the river, the beavers have succeeded in reducing water flow thereby reducing the risk of flooding to the area.
Of course the reintroduction of the species has raised some concerns, mostly surrounding disease and farming. But with farmers becoming more engaged with this new (or arguably very old-fashioned!) method of flood-prevention, opinions of the creatures are improving.
A further benefit of the creatures is that they have been drawing tourism to areas in which they live and “work”.
By reshaping landscapes and reducing flood risks, beavers are helping to ease the impact of the growing climate crisis. They are themselves a natural climate solution – with multiple benefits to both the environment and the community.
Read more in a recent article from The Independent.