Tourists flock to see River Otter beavers

PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:09 19 October 2016

The beaver family at home on the River Otter. Picture: Mike Symes Devon Wildlife Trust.

The beaver family at home on the River Otter. Picture: Mike Symes Devon Wildlife Trust.

Picture: Mike Symes Devon Wildlife Trust.

Wild beavers on the River Otter are continuing to thrive – and to bring in tourists.

The Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) is holding a trial assessing the impact of the first wild beavers to live in England for hundreds of years. The DWT estimates there are now between 15 and 20 beavers living in the Otter’s catchment area, but says this is still well short of the number it could accommodate.

The DWT’s Dan Smith said: “Visitors from Canada, New Zealand and London talked to Devon Wildlife Trust staff about hearing that there were beavers on the River Otter and then set out for the river in the hope of seeing the animals. So the beavers are adding another string to East Devon’s ‘nature tourism’ bow.”

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