Beavers are back and bringing greater resilience to British ecosystems
This month, we turn our attention to a miraculous rodent. To the delight of conservationists and the British public, the beaver is back, busy on our waterways once again.
By building dams, beavers naturally regulate the flow of rivers. But this ‘ecosystem engineer species’ was driven to local extinction in the 1700s. Without them, our waterways do not function naturally, conservationists argue. Many hope that the species will now improve the condition of our waterways, benefitting both human communities and the natural world.
The long-read is read by Simon Paisley-Day.
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