Two female European beavers were released on 19th November 2011 into a completely secure 2.5 acre enclosure here at Blaeneinion. The project is privately funded.
The sisters were released into their lodge, and emerged a few minutes later to explore their new territory. An emotional moment, and the culmination of months of hard physical work, sensitive negotiations and fleeting moments of questioning our collective sanity.
The main hide and feeding deck foundations are on the right of the picture. To the far left at the waters' edge, the lodge - made (by humans) from branches, clumps of grass, reeds and lots of mud. Clearly our lodge-making skills are frowned upon, as the ladies have decided to build a bigger and better version on the south bank instead!
Enormous thanks to the Derek Gow Consultancy
for all their valuable conservation advice, support, and the supply of the beavers.
Thanks as well to all the dedicated volunteers and WWOOFers who have worked so hard on the enclosure. To find out more about the WWOOF scheme, click here
Right: Taken in January 2012, the beavers are busy coppicing Willows to gather material for their lodge and to generate new growth for next years foraging.