Our beavers have been busy again. The little stream that flows past the woods by my flat has two dams, an old one and a newer one. The new one was built mainly last year, I think, after the old one had to have pipes laid through it to stop the pooling water endangering the railway embankment. Recently, however, that’s where the beavers have been most active. Here are a few pics taken over the past 3-4 weeks.
Above, a couple of chewed up trees, plus one of the logs the authorities have laid out in an attempt to distract the beavers from dismantling live trees.
Above is the old dam with its drainage pipes. The railway embankment is about 20m downstream, and the water flows through a narrow channel beneath it.
This one’s the new dam. It gave way slightly last spring, but the beavers have now repaired it.
And this pond just beyond the new dam used to be a little stream, maybe a metre and a half wide, similar to the photo below near the old dam.
A reminder of the damage these fascinating, protected animals can do. But I’m so glad we have the chance to live alongside them!