However, the path to reintroducing the first extinct mammal to Britain has not been an easy one. Obstacles have included a strict licensing system and some tough opposition from those affected by the beaver’s engineering expertise. But the wealth of benefits for people, wildlife and the environment is already evident in beaver trials. Read Wood Wise for more on finding ways for us to co-exist again.
Helping dormice make a comeback
Hazel dormice have been pushed to extinction in 17 English counties. Many factors have contributed to this alarming decline, including:
- woodland habitat loss and fragmentation
- the decline in coppice management
- removal of hedgerows.
Maintaining appropriate habitat to support the species is often key to successful reintroductions. Interestingly, it’s usually also the case that wider species benefit as a result.
The People’s Trust for Endangered Species is celebrating 25 years of dormice reintroductions. The latest Wood Wise outlines the successes and setbacks of this fantastic work.