Beavers are back in the UK, hundreds of years since they last lived with us. Brett Westwood asks if we can recover our cultural links with these architectural animals.
Beavers are back in the UK, hundreds of years since they last lived among us. Brett Westwood asks if we can recover our cultural links with these architectural animals, as well as remember how to live with the changes they bring to the landscape. Nature writer Jim Crumley talks about their green engineering skills and writer Rachel Poliquin brings the Canadian perspective on what she calls the four great human romances with the beaver: with its castoreum, its musk, its architectural skills and its ecological abilities. With readings by Lia Williams of extracts from Castorologia and Winter by Geoffrey Ursell, and The Beaver by Vernon Watkins.
Producer Beth O'Dea.
Rachel Poliquin is a Vancouver based writer concerned with all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world.
Her book Beaver was published by Reaktion in 2015.
Jim Crumley is a nature writer, journalist and poet. His book Nature's Architect: The Beaver's Return to Our Wild Landscapes, was published by Saraband in 2015.
He is a passionate advocate of species reintroductions, especially of wolf and beaver, the widespread restoration and expansion of native habitats, and a radical reappraisal of the relationship between the people of Scotland and the land. He writes columns for the Scots Magazine and The Courier and now lives in Stirling.
Stephen Hussey and Jake Chant of The Devon Wildlife Trust