Friday, 17 February 2017

Beavers prove a winner for Greens

Nice little bit of good news.

The Green Party have won a seat on a local council in the Forest of Dean from UKIP with a pledge to support the reintroduction of beavers to prevent flooding. I can't say if it was the main reason they won, but I'd like to think so.


Anyway, I didn't know it, but it turns out there is an official discussion underway about beaver reintroduction in the area - involving the local wildlife trusts and some charities. Combined with other reintroductions in Devon, Wales and Scotland and escapee populations in Kent, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and elsewhere, its just more momentum to the growing spread of the wild beaver across Britain, which will be a boost for fish, for flood prevention, for birds and every other thing that creepeth along the river bank.

It could also be a relief for the Forest of Dean's wild boar population as UKIP councillors have in the past been among those calling for them to suffer a major cull.