What makes the Heligan beaver reintroduction special?
Heligan is one of the first reintroduction projects in England that has deliberately incorporated farmland. There is very little data yet on how farmland may be impacted (and consequently, how outraged traditional farmers will be).
We will collect information on how the beavers graze on the pasture and interact with the landscape.
This information could help inform decisions as to whether unlicenced, free release of beavers becomes legal in the future.
Male- Coombeshead Estate, Devon, via Nottingham Wildlife Trust
Female- Cornish Seal sanctuary at Gweek
Originally, beaver reintroductions in England were from the Tay catchment in Scotland, where relocation is part of the plan to help prevent clashes between local farmers and beaver populations (farmers can obtain a licence to cull). However, these two may have been born at other reintroduction projects