A beaver in a crate from Flamingo Land

IN PICTURES: Beavers released into Cropton Forest

Forestry England has brought a pair of Eurasian beavers from Scotland to Cropton Forest near Pickeirng for a revolutionary trial in natural flood management.

Spanning five years the trial will assess will the impact of the beavers’ activity on the long-term sustainability and maintenance of the “slowing the flow” artificial wooden dams. The dams have been helping to protect areas including nearby Pickering from flooding. This will be the first time in the United Kingdom that the effects beaver have on artificial dams has ever been studied.

Cath Bashforth, Yorkshire forest district ecologist, and Ross Snipp, Flamingo Land zoo manager, transfer male beaver to Cropton Forest enclosure

5. Down to the water

Cath Bashforth, Yorkshire forest district ecologist, and Ross Snipp, Flamingo Land zoo manager, transfer male beaver to Cropton Forest enclosure
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Preparing the beavers for the journey from Flamingo Land to Cropton Forest

6. On the move

Preparing the beavers for the journey from Flamingo Land to Cropton Forest
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Ross Snipp, Flamingo Land zoo manager, and staff at beaver enclosure in Cropton Forest

7. The people behind the move

Ross Snipp, Flamingo Land zoo manager, and staff at beaver enclosure in Cropton Forest
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The beavers are carried to the water

8. Helping hand

The beavers are carried to the water
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