Happy news - return of beavers across England.
It seems that Natural England are finally giving the greenlight for widespread beaver re-introductions. After 400 years of UK exinction (driven by the fur trade) they are now in North Yorkshire, Cornwall, Essex, Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire. This year, beaver pairs will be returned to Cumbria, Norfolk, West Sussex and Dorset. Hopefully they will move widely along river corridors once they are settled in. The first the National Trust to accept them is at the Holnicote estate on Exmoor. And Knepp Rewilding in Sussex are delighted to finally get approval. It's only taken 20 years of lobbying.