This summer marked a significant event in London as the first baby beaver in centuries was observed.

Believed to be the first offspring of London in hundreds of years, the baby beaver is a result of Enfield council’s beaver reintroduction program launched in 2022.

After a 400-year absence, this initiative aims to reintroduce beavers to the capital, contributing to a broader rewilding and natural flood management project.

Capel Manor College, in collaboration with the Beaver Trust, will undertake a comprehensive health check on the young beaver with an experienced exotic-animal vet.

The baby beaver’s gender, as of now, remains undetermined, highlighting the ongoing success of beaver reintroduction efforts across England.

Enfield council’s cabinet member for the environment, Rick Jewell, said: “The beavers’ hard work creating a natural wetland ecosystem will contribute to excellent flood defences, protecting the local area and hundreds of homes from flooding downstream to the south-east of the borough, while encouraging biodiversity.”

Capel Manor College’s animal collections manager, Meg Wilson, said: “We are thrilled [about] this new arrival. We have seen the developments the beavers are [involved in] and the improvements they have made to the wetland area. We are now focusing our efforts on collecting data, which we hope will provide further evidence about the positive effects the beavers are having on the environment.”



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