Happy Monday everyone! We hope you had a lovely weekend are ready for the new week ahead. This week’s Good News Monday is a really fun and positive news story, all about beavers!

It’s been a very good week for beavers in Devon. No one knows how they came to arrive there, but 15 families of beavers had been squatting on the River Otter in Devon for the last seven years, and now they have officially been granted the legal right to live there. What’s more, a five-year study led by Devon Wildlife Trust and overseen by the University of Exeter found that the beavers had made a positive contribution to fish populations, carbon storage and the local environment. They had also increased biodiversity, minimised the risk of flooding, improved the water quality and boosted socio-economic benefits to local businesses via wildlife tourism.

Thanks to their efficacy, the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs in the government granted the mammals the permanent right to remain. This was celebrated as ‘the most groundbreaking government decision for England’s wildlife for a generation’ by Devon Wildlife Trust. These are the first wild beavers to live in the English countryside for four centuries!

Over 400 years ago, beavers were sadly driven to the point of extinction here the UK because they were hunted for their meat, fur and castoreum which was a valuable secretion used in medicine and fragrances. However, back in 2013, a family of beavers were discovered to be living on the River Otter – this is thought to be the first sighting of its kind in the English countryside for 500 years! The Devon Wildlife Trust and various community groups were able to trace their origins back to Europe, and they were given a license for a five-year reintroduction trial. A trial that this week, was officially heralded a success!

We thought this was such a lovely story, and we hope it brightens your Monday as much as it did ours!

Check out last week’s Good News Monday about a green transport revolution HERE

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