After three years of answering increasingly silly questions from Natural Resources Wales about our Beaver re-introduction programme we have withdrawn the application. We spent £6,000 providing the veterinary Disease Risk Assessment which has been passed by the Chief Veterinary Officer but then NRW wanted us to undertake water quality surveys of the entire river catchment in order to answer any foreseeable objections. Any scientist will tell you that to do that you need to complete at least three years of baseline data before starting. Meanwhile the river continues to be polluted with farm slurry and the fish killed. Locals are complaining: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/the-slow-death-slurry-rivers-16022019? htm_source=sharebar&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sharebar
We worry not about the potentially beneficial effects of beavers on water quality but on the potentially toxic effects of the polluted water on the beavers. Therefore we have withdrawn the application in favour of another river system further north. The application is now in and we will provide beavers for it when the time comes. Meanwhile spring is round the corner and many people are coming to see our beavers and do evening watches from the beaver hides.