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Written by Tom Buckley   
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 00:05

More Great News - All the beavers tested are clear of the parasite echinococcus multilocularis which seemed to be the governments main concern. So when will they be returned to their home in the river otter?

BeaversAt the time of writing there is no set date as DNA results are still awaited to confirm that they are Eurasian and not Canadian beavers. There are also still a few results from the 'total health check' to ensure they are as healthy as possible to arrive. But their return is expected to be very soon, hopefully even before you read this edition of the Gazette.

3 beavers from Ottery, the mother, father and 'teenager' were caught, tested and tagged. And also a breading pair from Otterton/Colaton Raleigh. This left the 3 baby beavers (kits) here to look after themselves for a while. Thank fully the weather has been reasonable and river levels have been remarkably low during this process, keeping the risk of beavers drowning very low. I sometimes see the largest kit around gathering food, maybe it's acting as head of the family? Hope the smaller 2 have survived okay, – and the burrow is clean and tidy for when mother and father return!

It will be interesting to see if the test results show if the 2 family groups are related and if there is any indication of their origin.

You can keep up to date with progress at

The story of our beavers continues to make the news in international, local and national media including the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV news. I also recently had an interview with a Canadian newspaper where it was -30C and their beavers were all snuggled up in their lodges. BBC Springwatch have also taken an interest – it will be interesting to see what they do.

I and many others are looking forward very much to seeing the safe return of our beavers back to their home here with us on the river Otter with their clean bill of health confirmed for all to see. But the most excited of all will be the baby beavers when they see their mother and father again – wish I could film that and share it with you.