We have Beavers in Budleigh!
The five year beaver trial began in Spring 2015 with the return of two family groups of beavers
back into the River Otter.
It has been five centuries since the species was hunted to extinction in Britain. Now these families of
beavers have made their home and have been found swimming in the wild again along the River Otter.
We do not know where they originated from but now we know that the beavers have been living on
the river since 2007. They really came to the public prominence in 2014 when they were shown to be
breeding. Initially the government proposed to remove them from the river, but following a campaign by
local residents and others the Devon Wildlife Trust was granted a licence to re-release the beavers back
once they had been shown fit and healthy.
The beavers are completely vegetarian,
feeding mainly on grasses and living in
burrows in the river bank co-habiting quite
happily alongside the otters and often share
the same stretch of river with them.
It is occasionally possible to see them
particularly during the long summer
evenings walking alongside the riverside
public footpaths. Wear quiet clothing and
be aware that the wind may carry your scent
towards the beavers.
Please stick to the public footpaths following
the Countryside Code. If you do see beavers
on the river please take note of date, time,
location and coloured ear tags and let the
Wildlife Trust know.