Statement: Joint Fisheries Conservation NGO Position on Eurasian Beaver Reintroduction into England and Wales

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Fighting to protect our iconic and threatened migratory fish.​


AST, along with fisheries conservations organisations: Salmon and Trout Conservation, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Angling Trust, the River Otter Fisheries Association, and the South West Rivers Association, have raised concerns to the UK and Welsh government, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Natural England that, too often, beaver introductions are taking place without a proper assessment on the impact on fish, and without a proper long-term management plan to avoid harm, particularly to species such as salmon, whose status has reached a critical point.

The full position on the introduction of beavers is available below.

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The Times reports today that beavers will probably be given protected status and could then be released in England without containment.
So Scotland will have a very ready export location for its unwanted surplus, aside from their legally shot 90 p.a. at last report.
No indication given of a damage compensation scheme.
 

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The Times reports today that beavers will probably be given protected status and could then be released in England without containment.
So Scotland will have a very ready export location for its unwanted surplus, aside from their legally shot 90 p.a. at last report.
No indication given of a damage compensation scheme.
Like we are going to trap them and send to England?
You at the wind up here?
 

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I was watching a programme on the tele recently where beavers had blocked a culvert running under a railway line, flooding the area around the track, making it more likely for the railway embankment to collapse. I just wonder how many other issues will arise with these harmless creatures in the future?
 

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Like we are going to trap them and send to England?
You at the wind up here?
Not at all. Beavers have been caught from Tayside and shipped to other locations for some time. About 90 others were shot last year.
 

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Germany has a compensation scheme for the damage reintroduced beavers cause
I was watching a programme on the tele recently where beavers had blocked a culvert running under a railway line, flooding the area around the track, making it more likely for the railway embankment to collapse. I just wonder how many other issues will arise with these harmless creatures in the future?

Looking at the compensation scheme established in Bavaria there needs to be a fund for dealing with the problems they cause in the UK , odd this hasn't been addressed ( from 2017 ) -

There are now around 30,000 beavers across Germany, 20,000 of them in Bavaria alone.

For farmers, the semiaquatic rodents are like a “plague”, writes Die Welt – they cause fields and meadows to be plunged under water, and they cut down trees to build their homes. Bavaria provides €450,000 annually to make up for the damage.
 

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Bit more info, 100+ requested from Scotland for "trials" across England. For trials read " escape locations".
Exporting the beavers looks better than lethal control I suppose but eventually the reintroduction programmes will either walk away from the aftermath of their work or be forced into shooting beavers to control them.
 

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This is what has happened in Scotland. An official trial in Kintyre with a dozen lost half to mortality and more were added. Elsewhere in Tayside dozens were managing to "escape" from property and there are now many hundreds with about 90 declared shot each year and dozens being relocated to England and Wales. Training courses are held marksmen and landowners' damage increases. Beaver activity now takes up a considerable amount of river warden workload.
 

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All river fishing should be catch and release, we all need to do our bit to give our waters an helping hand through the hardest times that our waters are going through with over fishing, pollution, global warming, large amounts estrogen from contraception pill creating an imbalance in fish stocks, its not one thing but a combination of many.
 

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