Enclosed Beaver Project

A beaver swimming © Ben LeeA beaver swimming © Ben Lee

Since 2011, Devon Wildlife Trust has been running a beaver project on a securely-fenced, private site in western Devon.



Latest news!

Stop press! We've just released a new report that summarises the results of the research being undertaken in Devon to investigate the effects of beavers on the water environment.

Click here to learn more about the impacts of nature's fascinating water engineers.


DWT beaver research

Beavers have been introduced to a 2.8 hectare plot of wet woodland and rough grassland so that DWT can monitor the ecological effects of these once-native mammals.

Beaver on grass by Derek GowOur research focuses on the impact of beavers on:

  • Trees and other plants
  • Wildlife populations, including amphibians, bats & breeding birds
  • Water levels and flow rates through the site
  • Water quality either side of beaver dams

Devon Wildlife Trust is also leading a scientific trial centred on a population of wild beavers living on the River Otter in East Devon. Find out more here.

The River Otter Beaver Trial is England's first wild beaver re-introduction project. But it receives no government funding. 

Beaver crowdfunding

That's why Devon Wildlife Trust has launched our beaver crowdfunding campaign! Pledge to support Devon's beavers and you'll be playing a role in the century's most exciting conservation project.

Watch Chris Packham's video about our beaver crowdfunding campaign - and discover the unique Devon beaver rewards for pledgers! 

Support Devon's beavers here