17 Feb 2016:
Reintroduction of Beavers Can Be
Beneficial to the Environment, Study Finds
Beavers have been reintroduced to Scotland
The reintroduction of beavers to Scotland has proven beneficial to the environment, according to a new study
by researchers at the University of Stirling. Beaver dams increased the retention of organic matter by as much as seven times, and the level of aquatic plant life by 20-fold, researchers said. They also found that the levels of pollutants from agricultural runoff were reduced, with concentrations of phosphorus halved, and nitrate levels lowered by more than 40 percent. “Their dam building skills help restore degraded streams and increase the complexity of the surrounding habitat, increasing the number of species by 28 percent,” lead researcher Nigel Willby said. “The beavers’ engineering is transforming low-quality habitats in regions where the animals have long been absent
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