07 July 2020

A natural flood management scheme in Essex has seen its "work force" double after the birth of two healthy kits.

Back in 2019 a pair of Eurasian Beavers were welcomed to Spains Hall Estate in Essex to help reduce flood risk in Finchingfield.

The beaver duo, have been working relentlessly over the last year building dams to reduce flood risk to the village and creating wetlands which release water during drier periods. This is complemented by a human-made natural flood management scheme on a second strand of Finchingfield Brook, which features a “leaky dam” approach.

18 months on the pioneering partnership project has been a big success - and now there are extra paws to help continue the flood defence work.

Spains Hall Estate Manager Archie Ruggles-Brise, who is on the Essex CLA Committee, said: “We are delighted that our beavers have settled in so well that they have bred successfully.

“We always hoped that their woodland home would provide the right habitat to support a family, and the arrival of two kits is fantastic news.

“If they are anything like their parents the two kits will become phenomenal dam builders.”