Beavers, our native landscape engineers
Beavers do all the work of damming up the streams and gullies for us, free of charge. And it is the key to restoring landcapes and making them water retentive.
Beavers make a better job than humans at slowing the flow of water and at much lower cost, so long as we provide them with the trees they need to eat and build their dams with, and give them the freedom to reproduce and spread across the uplands and valleys to recreate truly living landscapes.
We should therefore select water-loving species that are palatable to beavers - like poplars, willows, sallows and alders - and establish them along watercourses, ditches, streams, ponds and eroded upland gullies.
The dams would not just reduce flood risk: they would also prevent the summer droughts as a result of the rapid water drainage, and restore healthy river flows throughout the year.
+ Oliver Tickell / The Ecologist - Official Page
Another European white birch. This tree has no signs of the dreaded Bronze Birch Borer although it was topped over 25 years ago. This is the second "untopping" treatment we've done for this tree. Maybe one more will be needed to restore a natural habit. ...