River Buffers & Beavers

£20,000 awarded

A catchment scale project to be delivered by the Beaver Trust at key locations along the river Caen and its tributaries, helping the community to release 10 pairs of beavers and establish 50-70km (approx. 300 hectares) of ‘buffer’ riparian habitat (nature corridors) along watercourses to reduce flood risk downstream in Braunton, enhance water quality, prevent soil erosion, and increase biodiverse wildlife.

This pioneering project has been developed in response to requests from the affected community to tackle the ever-increasing flood risk in Braunton (that man-made flood defences have failed to mitigate) by introducing nature’s engineers, the beavers.

It will engage and support over 50 farmers and landowners to encourage the creation of nature corridors – wild ‘buffers’ along river edges – and space for beavers to thrive.

It will also act as a pilot, providing a template for scaling up these highly effective Nature-based Solutions across the UK, and hopefully enabling future beavers to be released outside of enclosures.

Find out more about this exciting project by listening to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ episode entitled ‘Beaver Town‘.