Beavers are back in London

Beavers have been re-introduced to London for the first time in more than 400 years thanks to a pioneering project launched by Enfield Council and Capel Manor College.

The two beavers – a male and female, both two years old – have been released into a specially designed enclosure within the grounds of Forty Hall Farm in Enfield.

The Eurasian beaver was hunted to extinction in Great Britain in the 16th Century, but recent studies have shown their return could bring several benefits. Beaver dams slow the flow of water through a river catchment and can reduce the impact of flooding on homes downstream. The sponge-like wetland habitats they create enable other forms of wildlife to flourish.

You can read full details on Enfield Council’s website.