WATCH the video: Baby beaver for family at Cropton Forest in North Yorkshire

Staff at Cropton Forest are celebrating after a new arrival at the site.

By Sue Wilkinson
Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 10:41 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd July 2020, 10:44 am
The beaver family at Cropton Forest
The beaver family at Cropton Forest

They have announced a new addition to the beaver family at Cropton, near Pickering, with the arrival of another healthy baby kit.

This brings the total number of youngsters on site to three, alongside the two adults initially introduced.

The two kits born in May last year have both progressed very well, pulling their weight with various work tasks, and are now helping their parents take care of the new youngster.

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Beavers are very family-orientated and kits stay with their group for at least two years. An assessment will then be made as to whether they stay on site as a large extended family group or are considered for moving to another project.

Cath Bashforth, Ecologist at Forestry England said: “The adult beavers settled in straight away after their release last year, quickly making the site their home.

“I am really pleased that they have had another kit this year and that all the whole family look so fit and well.

WATCH them here“It is delightful to see the strong family bond on the footage from the trail cameras, with last year’s offspring helping with the new arrival.

“I look forward to watching the kit grow and learn from its siblings over the next few months. It will be fascinating to watch them work together as a family to further change the site with new dams and channels, reconnecting the river with its floodplain.’

Alan Eves, forest management director at Forestry England, said: “We introduced the adult pair to the 10-hectare enclosure in Cropton Forest in April 2019 as a five-year trial to measure their impact on flood management in association with the Slowing the Flow project.

“We have been working in partnership with many organisations and individuals to study how they affect the landscape and whether their actions can help reduce flooding. The objective is to monitor whether their activity has a positive impact on maintaining the artificial wooden dams in the area and boosting biodiversity.”

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