Chris Packham gives support to River Otter beavers

PUBLISHED: 11:29 09 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:29 09 December 2014

Eager Beaver, by Emma Bowring, which has raised £700 for the Devon Wildlife Trust's appeal to keep wild beavers on the River Otter.

Eager Beaver, by Emma Bowring, which has raised £700 for the Devon Wildlife Trust's appeal to keep wild beavers on the River Otter.

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A top TV presenter and an East Devon artist have joined the campaign to keep wild beavers on the River Otter.

The Devon Wildlife Trust is attempting to keep the beavers – which have been seen as far downstream as White Bridge – in the river, opposing government plans to capture and rehome them.

Now, the campaign has been backed by TV wildlife presenter Chris Packham, who wrote in support of the Trust on Twitter.

Dan Smith of the Devon Wildlife Trust said: “It was fantastic to see Chris’s support – he’s been such a passionate advocate for wildlife for so many years and his fans responded with a flurry of donations.”

The trust is aiming to raise £54,000 by the end of the year to begin the first phase of the five-year wild beaver trial.

This has been further boosted by the donation of a painting, Eager Beaver, by artist Emma Bowring, raising £700.

Dan added: “We’re now two-thirds of the way towards our fundraising target after just four weeks, so we’re getting closer to securing a future for the River Otter beavers.”

To support the trust’s appeal, visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org/devons-wild-beavers-appeal.

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