News that a group of Devon beavers have been returned to the wild on the River Otter has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth.
The beavers were released back into the River Otter after being found to be disease-free and of European origin. The re-release follows successful campaigning by local people, the Devon Wildlife Trust – which is managing the reintroduction programme – and Friends of the Earth.
Friends of the Earth started legal proceedings in October last year against Government plans to permanently remove the beavers from the wild.
Friends of the Earth campaigner Alasdair Cameron said: “The return of these beavers is fantastically exciting, and a great success for all those who fought for them to remain in the wild.
“Let us hope it is just the start. We should bring beavers back to other parts of the UK where they used to live and look at boosting or returning other species too – from the pine marten to the lynx.
“We need to radically change our relationship with nature. Bringing back our native species will help existing wildlife, repair our ecosystems and bring more life and joy to our landscape.”
(from a press release)