Recycle, Craft and Play | Beavers ~ Our Ecosystem Engineers
Posted on October 20, 2023
We are a tiny bit (completely) obsessed by our most recent collaboration with mother and son creative geniuses, Loren and Thomas who took inspiration from our recent project supporting the Devon Beaver Trust to create their own Ecosystem Engineers.
You can now follow their easy video guide to create your own!
Understanding the role beavers play in restoring ecosystems
This isn’t just about the reintroduction of a species - it’s about the reintroduction of an entire ecosystem that’s been lost.
Beavers are often referred to as ‘ecosystem engineers’. They make changes to their habitats, such as coppicing trees and shrub species, damming smaller water courses, and digging ‘beaver canal’ systems. These activities create diverse and dynamic wetlands - helping to connect floodplains with their watercourses once again. In turn, these wetlands can bring enormous benefits to other species, such as otters, water shrews, water voles, birds, invertebrates (especially dragonflies) and breeding fish, as well as sequestering carbon.
Restoring Beavers to Regenerate Landscapes
Beavers and the landscapes they generate benefit both people and wildlife because:
🦫 They help to reduce downstream flooding - the channels, dams and wetland habitats that beavers create hold back water and release it more slowly after heavy rain 🦫 They increase water retention 🦫 They clean water 🦫 They reduce siltation, which pollutes water 🦫 Wetlands sequester carbon - essential in this climate crisis