Do you know any farmers?So what are peoples problems with reintroducing Beavers? I think fish and the rivers have a far greater threat from dirty farmers and water companies flushing slurry, sewage, silage wrap, tyres, chemicals etc. into the river than they every will from pockets of Beavers or Otters.
Farmers and land owners will just get government compensation for the "damage" caused by them, because god forbid the poor farmers shouldn't have more free money thrown at him, as he goes off to buy another Range Rover...
If Beavers can help to reduce the impact of flooding, and there are studies that say they do, then that is a pretty good trade off considering the millions wasted on reactive defences that are only put in place after the flood.
Flooding is going to become more and more of an issue in the country, due to many issues, climate change and farming being the main ones, so long term preventative and restorative measures are going to be needed rather than just adding another concrete wall and ordering some more sandbags.