Wild beavers growing up fast

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 August 2015

Healthy beaver kits photographed on the River Otter this week by Sylvie Meller. Ref exb beaver1

Healthy beaver kits photographed on the River Otter this week by Sylvie Meller. Ref exb beaver1

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Baby beavers that were born this spring on the River Otter appear to be blossoming, according to these recent photographs.

Healthy beaver kits photographed on the River Otter this week by Sylvie Meller. Ref exb beaver2Healthy beaver kits photographed on the River Otter this week by Sylvie Meller. Ref exb beaver2

The news that England’s only wild colony of beavers had given birth to kits was taken as proof that the creatures are ‘thriving’ by Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) in June.

Now, pictures taken by photographer Sylvie Meller show the young beavers to be healthy and already feeding on riverbed vegetation.

Sylvie said: “They have grown already quite a bit, but are still tiny compared to their parents.

“Seeing an adult beaver swimming, only its head would come out of the water. The younger the kits are, the more they are above the water.”

Healthy beaver kits photographed on the River Otter this week by Sylvie Meller. Ref exb beaver3Healthy beaver kits photographed on the River Otter this week by Sylvie Meller. Ref exb beaver3

The wild population is being studied as part of The River Otter Beaver Project, led by DWT.

The charity has appealed to members of the public to take care not to disturb the creatures and to keep dogs under close control, especially when near the river.

A series of guided beaver walks have been organised by DWT – the next one will leave from Otterton at 7.30pm on Wednesday, August 26.

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