Bringing beavers back to Wales!

The Welsh Beaver Project has been investigating the feasibility of bringing wild beavers back to Wales since 2005!

The Welsh Beaver Project has been investigating the feasibility of bringing wild beavers back to Wales since 2005!

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Beavers in water by Chris Robbins

Beavers in water by Chris Robbins

We need your support to release beavers into our Wildlife Trust partners enclosure at Cors Dyfi Wildlife Centre.

Cors Dyfi is a wildlife rich wetland Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Over the last few hundred years it has seen many changes, from estuarine salt marsh to reclaimed grazing, then to conifer plantation and more recently into a nature reserve. The reserve is a lowland peat bog, an extremely important habitat in Wales, but due to the former plantation this has damaged the site and it is in need of restoration.One of the main management issues is controlling the scrub, particularly willow and birch, which left unchecked will degrade this habitat even further.

However, due to the difficult terrain of former forestry ditches and tree stumps it is not possible to manage areas of the reserve using traditional methods. Therefore, alternative management options need to be considered. Over the past few years Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust have been considering the role that beavers could play in managing the reserve. As ecosystem engineers, beavers would perform a vital scrub management role in the harder to access sections of the reserve.

They would reduce the cover of willow and birch and enhance the network of channels and open water to help restore this lowland peat bog.The reserve is also open to the public from March to September, so there will be opportunities to see beavers and what they can do. The beavers won’t be alone on the reserve, they will also be joined by ospreys, otters, warblers and common lizards that can be found at Cors Dyfi.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have decided to run a public consultation (ends 11th October) for the release of beavers into the enclosure. Although this won’t be a reintroduction to the wild, we really do need your support. These beavers will deliver important habitat management work and will help to educate people about beavers. To make sure we get them into the enclosure we need to show NRW the support for this project that we know is out there!

Show your support here!