Talk by Russell Savory: Beavers – nature’s engineers
March 26 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Russell is a distinguished wildlife photographer whose videos often appear on BBC’s Countryfile and other programmes. He is the photographer for the Natural Flood Management Project at Spains Hall in Essex and has become an authority on the beaver, a once-common water mammal.
The first beavers to return to Essex for over 400 years now live on the Spains Hall Estate. Their home is a 4 hectare (9.8 acre) woodland, surrounded by a special fence to keep them safe. They are being given free reign to alter their environment by building dams, flooding areas, cleaning water, trapping silt and generally doing what beavers do!
The Project will ascertain whether their activity will make the woodland a better place for wildlife, holding water during times of flood and releasing it slowly once rains have passed. Their dams will act as slow release reservoirs during times of drought, helping to keep water flowing throughout the year where it used to dry up.
£2 non-members (members free)
NOTE: this talk is at St John’s Centre, which is over the road from our normal venue.