New legislation, due to come into force on 1 October, will make it an offence to deliberately capture, kill, disturb, or injure beavers, or damage their breeding sites or resting places – without holding the appropriate licence.
The animals are known as “nature’s engineers” as they create wetlands – an important habitat for many plants and animals – when they build dams. In doing so, they also prevent flooding and drought-related problems such as wildfires by keeping water in the land.
“We have been very slow to recognise the critical role that this species delivers in the creation of complex wetland landscapes, which can afford resilience against the twin extremes of flood and drought. All they need from us to guarantee this goal is understanding, tolerance and space.”
….undesirable tree felling was solved simply by sandpainting the trunks or wrapping a wire mesh around it. Unwanted floods were assuaged by adding a flow device which allowed some water to pass through. These simple solutions allowed humans and beavers to share the same space amicably.Beavers hunted to extinction in England finally back with legal protection + UK Rewilding Lists- photos – The Free