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River Otter Beaver Trial (Devon Wildlife Trust)

DWT opposed their removal and after consulting with the local community, landowners and public bodies, presented an alternative plan: to turn the situation into a five-year trial to monitor the beavers’ effects on the landscape.

DBRC have been engaged to undertake a number of the biodiversity monitoring elements which include botanical surveys, and some species specific areas such as breeding bird surveys.

The five year trial will monitor the beavers’ effects on:

  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
  • Water levels
  • Water quality
  • Local communities and infrastructure
  • Local farm businesses

DBRC is well placed to provide ongoing support to the trial as we are experts in aerial photo analysis/mapping habitat change over time, and have used these techniques to help direct numerous large scale landscape projects over the last 10 years.


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