Beavers in Devon Helping to Reduce Local Flooding

A Reintroduction of Beavers in Devon are Helping to Reduce Local Flooding

From their trial reintroduction in Devon, the animal’s skills have reduced floodwater and created a haven for local wildlife.
The beavers, resident on three hectares of woodland near Okehampto could be part of the solution. In the five years since they moved there, they have felled trees, dug channels, constructed dams and made an impressive home for themselves.

The Devon project targets three key indicators: water storage, flood attenuation and water quality. The beavers are, helping in all three. The 13 dams they have built along the 150 metres stretch of water have increased water storage capacity, evened out the flow of water and improved the quality of it that leaves from the dams.

A graph showing that the dams have contained sudden rainfall, slowly releasing it along a “staircase” of dams: in this way they prevent the inundation that occurs when water is simply channelled downstream.
There are 20 hectares of intensively managed grassland feeding into the dams – bringing manure, slurry, non-organic fertiliser, standing at the last of the network of dams. The quality of the water can be seen here at the bottom. Beaver activity has filtered out the impurities like a good reed system might do.
The level of sediment coming out of the dams is so low that the deposits of nitrogen and phosphate remaining in the water do not register on the specialised equipment.

Mark Elliott, who leads the beaver project for the Devon Wildlife Trust, pulls a large stone from the water. On the underside, a small community of grubs and larvae writhe and squirm: they are caddisflies and mayflies.

The trust runs a beaver programme on the river Otter in Devon, and two programmes have run in Scotland, but it is the scheme near Okehampton that has provided the most controlled environment and the most reliable data.

The biggest concern the landowners have expressed is not about the beavers, but about the sightseers that come with the beavers – the interest we’ve had and the tourism boost on the river Otter have been exceptional.

Many of the concerns about the reintroduction of beavers could be rooted in the fact that they have been absent for 400 years. An indigenous species, they were hunted to extinction for their fur – used primarily to make hats – their meat and their castoreum, a secretion that was used in medicines.

Perhaps the most common misconception about beavers is that they will eat all the fish in the newly clean rivers, a charge repeated by Labour MP Mary Creagh during a select committee hearing into the government’s response to flooding. It was pointed out that beavers are actually herbivores.

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dog quiz

Dog Quiz. How Good is Your General Knowledge on Canines


Humans have lived with dogs for thousands of years, but just how well do you know our canine companions? Test your knowledge of man’s best friend!

20 Doggy Questions
1. How many teeth in a normal adult dog?

A) 24
B) 38
C) 42
D) 32

2. From which part of the body do dogs sweat?

A) Mouth
B) Ears
C) Nose
D) Paws

3. True or False: Dogs can only see in black and white.

4. What is the most common training command taught to dogs?

A) Stay
B) Beg
C) Sit
D) Dance

5. Which is the most highly developed sense?

A) Taste
B) Smell
C) Sight
D) Touch

6. Puppies are delivered how many weeks pregnancy?

A) 36
B) 22
C) 9
D) 16

7. What is the favorite dog breed of the Queen of England?

A) Corgi
B) Basenji
C) Poodle
D) Pomeranian

8. Which TV series had a dog named K9 who was also a robot?

A) Full House
B) Star Trek
C) Doctor Who
D) Law & Order

9. Which is the smallest dog breed?

A) Dachshund
B) Shih tzu
C) Pomeranian
D) Chihuahua

10. Which breed was once known as St. John’s Newfoundland?

A) Newfoundland
B) Golden retriever
C) Labrador
D) Puli

11. Which dog breed has a black tongue?

A) Husky
B) Labrador
C) Weimaraner
D) Chow chow

12. The first dogs registered in the American Kennel Club belonged to what genre?

A) Herding
B) Sporting
C) Working
D) Hound

13. Which dog yodels instead of barks?

A) Komondor
B) Otterhound
C) Basenji
D) Basset hound

14. True or False: Dalmatians are born with spots.

15. What breed of dog is the smallest hunting dog?

A) Chihuahua
B) Miniature dachshund
C) Toy poodle
D) Smooth fox terrier

16. What is the name of the dog on the front of the Cracker Jack box?

A) Jack
B) Max
C) Bingo
D) Fido

17. How old was the world’s oldest dog, an Australian cattle hound named Bluey, in human years?

A) 32
B) 27
C) 30
D) 29

18. What was the most popular dog name of 2011, according to VPI Pet Insurance?

A) Lucy
B) Bailey
C) Bella
D) Max

19. True or False: It is cheaper to spay or neuter a dog than it is to raise a litter of puppies for one year.

20. What is the most popular breed of dog, according to the American Kennel Club’s registrations?

A) Golden retriever
B) Beagle
C) German shepherd
D) Labrador

All dog quiz answers can be found here.

Let us know in the comments how many points you scored in this dog quiz – and be honest!!

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Hedgehogs, A declining Species. Give Them an Igloo Shelter

Hedgehogs are on the decline in the UK

The Igloo Hedgehog House gives hedgehogs and other small mammals a safe refuge from the many hazards they face on a daily basis such as gardening tools ie strimmers, forks, spades, also domestic pets and other predators like badgers and foxes.
It is also much safer than piles of leaves, compost heaps and bonfire piles.
Comprising of a round painted steel frame with a water-proofed roof it is covered with a brush wood finish decorated with withy bands and camouflaged with moss trim. Made from natural materials – appearance can vary due to seasonal availability.

The Hedgehog Igloo is roomy inside and can accommodate family groups such as mother and her hoglets.

Able to contain both a feeding bowl and water dish this shelter can also be used as a covered feeding station.

It has a small entrance tunnel designed to deter predators. The Igloo is designed for shelter but can be used for hibernation if additional brushwood cover is provided over the Igloo in winter.

Place under a hedge, large shrub or similar concealed place, out of the cold wind with leaves or foliage around the house for further camouflage. Put in some dry grass or leaves as nesting material. Can be anchored down for extra security.

Hedgehogs are on the decline in Britain due to various reasons and factors. Help our natural wildlife to survive.

Let us know if you have any success with providing shelter for these creatures.

Dimensions H 220mm W 590mm L 530mm

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tail docking

Tail Docking, Weird Reasons Why its Done

Tail Docking, Weird Reasons Why its Started.

Tail docking is the practice of removing a dog’s tail without anesthesia when it is a puppy. It is a procedure that has been restricted or banned in many parts of the globe, but is still popular in The US and Canada.
The first recorded incidence of tail docking was in Ancient Rome; Roman shepherds believed that removing the top of a dog’s tail on the “puppy’s fortieth day” stopped rabies.
Later, hunting dogs’ tails were docked to prevent injury, a theory still common today.
In the 18th century there was taxation on all dogs unless they were working dogs. Working dogs’ tails were subsequently cut off to distinguish them from the non-working dogs, which of course led to owners cutting off their non-working dogs’ tails to avoid being taxed.
Apparently, the reason dogs’ tails are still docked today likely comes from a book of 1891 titled The American Book of the Dog, which idealizes tail docking and ear cropping as the “proper look.”
Some people say tail docking is not just an aesthetic preference; proponents of the procedure say that tail docking prevents injury later in life. For guard dogs, a longer tail could be grabbed to thwart an attack, and for hunting dogs, a longer tail risks being injured in the undergrowth.
The thought is that you can’t injure a limb you don’t have. According to a 2010 survey of 138,212 dogs in Great Britain, not only was there a negligible difference in tail injuries between working and non-working dogs (without tails v. with), but the risk of a dog injuring his/her tail was only 0.23 percent. That means that 500 dogs would have to be docked in order to prevent one tail injury.

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Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and his Pet Homing Plan on Live TV

Noel Fitzpatrick.  Anyone thinking of getting themselves a new pet might want to pick one live on TV.

Channel 4 is staging a five-day adoptathon to find homes for the record number of abandoned animals currently living in shelters.
Hosted by Supervet himself, Noel Fitzpatrick,and TV presenter Steve Jones, the live series hopes to find new owners for every dog, cat, rabbit and bird at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

With 250,000 pets left to the care of rescue centres every year, many other sites across the UK will also join in. And viewers looking to buy a puppy or kitten will be encouraged to go and adopt their pet instead.
Called Clear the Shelter, the live hour-long programmes will be spread across five weeknight August 11th.

Noel says: “Through raising awareness of the fun, love and hope that rehoming an animal can bring, I think we speak a language of joy and compassion, and that this is a fantastic message to put out into the world right now.”

The UK is home to more than 16 million dogs and cats but a huge number get abandoned, often through moving house. So now more than ever, the displaced pet population needs a helping hand – and the series aims to dismantle the stigma associated with rescue animals.

Throughout the shows, viewers will have access to experts to guide them through the adoption process. All applicants will be subject to the usual strict protocols to ensure the safety of the animal being adopted.
“Clear the Shelter aims to involve viewers in a national campaign.

“This is a live series that really hopes to make a difference.”

Host Steve adds: “I love animals, I love live TV and I love The Supervet. This is going to be a great show with a great purpose. Can’t wait.”

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