Video: First ever video of a wild beaver in England - Telegraph
BBC News - Beaver filmed in the wild on Devon farm
Plus some photos:
The mystery of the River Otter beaver | Exeter Express and Echo
This is a mystery, in that this particular otter does not appear to be part of a carefully-controlled project, as reported by the Natural History Museum:
Found: one beaver
24 January 2014
Found: one beaver | Natural History Museum
Although there was a sighting two-and-a-half years ago:
Beaver on loose in Tipton St John - News - Sidmouth Herald
The Escot estate has had a programme of reintroduction since 2007:
Escot's beaver programme is part of an important UK wide project. A two acre enclosure has been created within Escot Park encircling ponds, woodland and a section of stream to home a pair of unrelated wild caught Bavarian beavers, born in the Spring of 2006.
They have set up home in the bank of one of the ponds & we know they have a maternity lodge so hopefully young beavers will eventually emerge and a family colony will develop over the next few years. Recently they have built what is probably the first beaver dam in the south west for 800 years!
Individuals & small groups are invited to evening beaver-watch sessions at which these largely nocturnal animals provide exciting encounters of what was once a common sight throughout Europe. Beaver watches take place an hour before dark, between mid May & the end of August. Minimum group size 5, maximum group size 12. cost - £5 per person. Please wear suitable, non rustling outdoor clothing – no bright or fluorescent colours please. Binoculars can be useful if you have them, but are not essential. Children are welcome but they must be able to sit still and remain quiet so as not to disturb the beavers.
If you would like to book a visit, or sponsor the beavers & follow their progress, please contact Escot on 01404 822188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Escot - The natural place for a great day out in Devon
The last comment goes to Geoffrey Lean of the Telegraph:
Been away? Back and busier than ever after 800 years
Are worries at the inadequacy of Britain’s flood defences, and the cuts at the Environment Agency, gnawing away at you? Cheer up, help may be at hand. A beaver has been sighted in the wild in England for the first time in more than 800 years.
It was captured on camera, beavering away at felling trees across the happily named River Otter in Devon. This has revived calls that the rodent – driven to extinction in England and Wales in the 12th century – be reintroduced to much of continental Europe, just as in Belgium and Germany.
With these leaky structures, the eager engineers slow the rush of water down a river, making it less likely to burst its banks. Indeed, the Environment Agency has already constructed artificial “beaver dams” in Northumberland as part of a flood defence scheme, but it’s an expensive business – the animals, of course, build and construct them for free. Beavers kept in enclosures in the Tay watershed near Bamff have already produced about 30, holding back thousands of tons of water.
So, Owen Paterson, bring them back to our rivers – or risk giving the impression that you don’t give a dam..