Be somewhat ironic I suspect ,but its been hailed a success elsewhere it seems. They don't seem to have spread in Scotland though only -so I am told-because neighbouring areas have not 'allowed' them to if you get my drift.. Plenty of deer, boar and badger hunters in the forest to keep them culled -oh sorry I mean under control.
I have to admit that I like them :-). They have something for everyone, of course they arent going to build dams on the mainstem or the main tributaries where most of the spawning takes place, especially up above the Barbel Zone, despite WUF 'opening up' the tiny streams to attempt to lure the spawning fish into the smallest tribs. These are where the Beavers will, well. Beavering away and of course they will help prevent flash flooding, redd washout etc and give WUF something to do opening up the streams again ...... now lets get down to some serious work Counting Cormorants, that will sort them out, haven't they been counted before by, oh yes, the angling trust, why count them again? Surely they need controlling not counting?
Makes me laugh when I see WUF's claims at improved this and that from millions of £'s worth of river gardening when a box of 1000 shotgun cartridges and a few hundred rounds of .22 rimfire would have a bigger impact .....
But we are not allowed to shoot the blighters are we. I have a large natural pond which three years ago was covered in duck weed I have always had fish in the pond of various species but the herons have cleared them out, i learnt on the net that grass carp will eat the duck weed and in my wisdom I bought twenty of them ( far too many I am told) but the weed went in the first year and so did many of the fish so again in my wisdom I had a two ft high wire netting fence put all round the pond , that has preserved the remaining grass carp but we couldn’t see them so my dear wife bought five goldfish for something to see. Well they bread last year and we now have dozens of them and the herons are there every day walking the perimeter trying to get them. I am told that you are only allowed to shoot two a year is that right anyone? Btw the grass carp love iceberg lettuce we feed them one every week.Luckely I haven’t seen a cormorant yet.
Scottish Government consultation on the beavers can be seen here