A number of years ago the Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust worked in partnership with the Spains Hall estate and Environment Agency to install natural flood management measures such as leaky dams in two tributaries of the River Blackwater, with the aim of reducing flooding in the nearby village of Finchingfield.
In tandem with this, the estate has successfully reintroduced beavers after an absence of 400 years. The beavers have attracted much interest as their effects as natural flood managers are being monitored. In summer 2020 the beaver pair, Willow and Woody have produced two healthy kits, which have attracted attention from across the country.
The Environment Agency's press release in full is here, including comments from all the project partners. ESRT Director Brendan Joyce said:
“We are delighted to learn of the birth of two beaver kits at Spains Hall. We are very proud of our association with this exciting project and I can’t wait for the opportunity to get down there and see the beavers at work. It will be fascinating to see what effect the new additions to the family will have on shaping the landscape and creating natural features to reduce flooding.”
And finally, to see the beavers' debut in the Guardian's best photos of the day from across the world, have a peruse here.
We are delighted by the news and pleased to have been part of the team which has made this project a reality. To find out more, or to visit the beavers in person, contact Archie Ruggles-Brise at Spains Hall Estate, using their website or Facebook page.
Photo credit: Russell Savory @37squadron