Exeter University asks for views on beaver study

A female beaver with her kits. Credit Mike Symes

A female beaver with her kits. Credit Mike Symes - Credit: Archant

The independent survey will look at public’s attitudes towards the mammals and the benefits and disadvantages of their reintroduction.

Exeter University is looking for participants in its nationwide study into the impact of reintroducing beavers into the wild.

Experts are monitoring the impact of the River Otter beavers and the publics’ attitude towards reintroduction.

Devon Wildlife Trust has been granted a licence from Natural England to keep the beavers in their habitat until 2020.

The charity has also shared footage of the beavers, taken by Mike Symes last summer.


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The video shows a female beaver with two of her five offspring soon after they were born near Otterton. On average a female beaver will give birth to three young per litter.

Roger Auster, research assistant, at the University said: “There is much debate as to whether the reintroduction should proceed and, if the reintroduction continues, how it should be managed. An independent and impartial study by the University of Exeter is now evaluating public attitudes to beaver reintroduction in Great Britain.”

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The university will share its findings with the River Otter Beaver Trial Steering Group,

The survey closes on Wednesday, March 1.

To complete the survey visit: https://beaveropinions.typeform.com/to/r66XxP

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