7pm on Wednesday 24th February, put a date in your diary now!
We’ve got Beaver Fever – and we think you will, too, if you come along to an Open Meeting to hear all about an exciting new project which is looking to reintroduce beavers to Purbeck, 400 years after they were hunted to extinction in Britain.
A National Trust team will be on hand to explain how they are working towards a positive and carefully-managed phased return of the captivating water engineers.
It follows years of collaboration with local landowners, farmers and other interested parties, which forms a key part of the Trust’s extensive land use programme in Purbeck.
Like the NT, Planet Purbeck knows how hugely beneficial beavers can be to the environment they – and we – inhabit by improving water quality and biodiversity. We are fully supportive of the project while realising there may be concerns and issues which have yet to be aired or resolved. We will be aiming to create an open forum where views from all sides of the conversation are welcome.
Britain is being asked to Build Back Better once the pandemic has been conquered. We can make a start in Purbeck by Building Back Better with Beavers.
Tom Clarke - National Trust Land Outdoors and Nature Engagement Officer.
David Brown - Ecologist & National Trust Landscapes Partnership Manager.
Gen Crisford - National Trust Engagement Officer, Purbeck beaver feasibility project.
Mark Elliott is a wetland ecologist, and now leads the beaver work for Devon Wildlife Trust.