Knepp Castle Estate
Knepp Castle Estate is a 3,500 acre estate in West Sussex just south of Horsham. Owned for over 220 years by the Burrells, the castle on the estate remains the family home.
The majority of the land was used for traditional arable and dairy farming up until 2001, when the focus shifted towards a series of regeneration and restoration projects. The introduction of the Knepp Wildland Project focused on nature conservation and allowed the animals on the estate to roam freely with little human intervention.
The Devon Beaver Project is a three year scheme run by the Devon Wildlife Trust which aims to find out more about the species. It is thought that the beavers will enhance the wetland value of the 2.8 hectare site, and in effect will be used as a land conservation management tool in the same way cattle and ponies are.
The Devon Wildlife Trust are developing techniques to measure the impact beavers have on the hydrology, biology and water chemistry of the site. For updates on the project you can visit the Beaver Blog.
Image courtesy of the Devon Wildlife Trust