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.

Thursday, 18th April 2019, 8:39 am
Updated Friday, 19th April 2019, 7:29 am
A beaver in a crate from Flamingo Land

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.

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Beaver in a pond near Cropton Forest
Cath Bashforth, Yorkshire forest district ecologist, and Dr Roisin Campbell-Palmer, beaver expert at Cropton Forest enclosure
Beaver swimming in a pond near Cropton Forest
Cath Bashforth Yorkshire forest district ecologist and Ross Snipp Flamingo Land zoo manager at beaver enclosure in Cropton Forest
Cath Bashforth, Yorkshire forest district ecologist, and Ross Snipp, Flamingo Land zoo manager, transfer male beaver to Cropton Forest enclosure
Preparing the beavers for the journey from Flamingo Land to Cropton Forest
Ross Snipp, Flamingo Land zoo manager, and staff at beaver enclosure in Cropton Forest
The beavers are carried to the water
Cath Bashforth Yorkshire, forest district ecologist, at the beaver enclosure in Cropton Forest
Yorkshire Forest District staff help transfer female beaver to enclosure at Cropton Forest
Yorkshire Forest District staff help transfer female beaver to enclosure at Cropton Forest