At the Mowlem Festival Hub, the National Trust's Beaver Believer display will showcase our work and provide an opportunity to find out more about the Purbeck beaver project and ask questions.
For centuries a cornerstone of our wetland ecosystems has been missing. Now we’re exploring the reintroduction of beavers to Purbeck — 400 years after they were hunted to extinction in Britain.
Eurasian Beavers are native animals; they evolved alongside our other native fauna and flora and until extinction had successfully coexisted in Great Britain since the last ice age. We believe bringing back Eurasian beavers at carefully chosen sites could benefit Poole Harbour and the rivers that flow into it. We’re asking for the support of local communities to make it a reality.
Beavers are ‘ecosystem engineers’ and similar schemes elsewhere in Britain and Europe have shown how their activities can improve both water quality and biodiversity. Recent Environment Agency studies show that not a single English river meets high ecological and chemical standards. We could do with a helping hand from beavers now more than ever.