Managing beavers: the lessons learned so far

Almost 12 months after two families of beavers were released onto the River Otter in Devon, Nature Conservation Manager for the landowner Clinton Devon Estates, Dr Sam Bridgewater, reflects on what he and his team have learned about managing these fascinating creatures.

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We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892