Beavers are Britains secret weapon against drought in heatwaves, says experts

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Beavers are the ultimate weapon in the battle against the nation’s drought, according to wildlife experts.

Our parched countryside has been decimated by a lack of rain, with rivers and lakes drying up, and wildfires.

But areas where dam-building beavers have been introduced have continued to thrive.

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The National Trust has hailed the large rodents as the saviours of some of its most valuable wetlands.

They include the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate in Somerset, where beavers were reintroduced in 2020.

Project manager Ben Eardley said: “It is stunning. It’s like a lost world. It feels almost like Jurassic Park – different from anywhere else on the estate.”

Beavers find it difficult to move around on land, so they redesign the landscape to give themselves shallow ponds to dive in.

Speaking on the Holnicote project, Ben added: “They’ve created additional ponds and wet woodland, wetland, and it’s still absolutely brimful of water because they impound it.”

A Beaver Trust spokesman said: “Beaver Trust urges the government to expedite the reintroduction of beavers.”

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