Economic benefits of beaver

Overall experience across Europe indicates that benefits greatly outweigh the costs of impact.

Some localized costs can arise and these may be incurred by landholders or other parties who do not necessarily benefit directly from the presence of beaver. It is thus important to examine options for providing free beaver management and translocation services

Thumbs up from benefit study

A study published in 2007 by the WildCRU consultancy at Oxford University has concluded that the benefit of beaver reintroduction would substantially outweigh likely costs.

Sponsored by the Wild Britain initiative, this report examined evidence from several countries across Europe where beaver have recolonised their former territories over the last 60 years.

Substantial benefits could accrue to the tourism industry, particularly for local communities, with further less quantifiable gains from effects on flood mitigation and water retention – both likely to be key features of future land use policy as climate change gathers momentum.