An important project near the Brompton Technology West London headquarters is reintroducing Beavers to an urban setting for the first time in four centuries! The Ealing Beaver Project will demonstrate how beavers can thrive in an urban context while also revitalising the landscape. It is a joint project with Ealing Wildlife Group (EWG), Citizen Zoo, Friends of Horsenden Hill and Ealing Council, supported by Beaver Trust and Mayor of London.
The beavers are due to be released this autumn at Paradise Fields in Greenford, Ealing, and EWG are currently raising funds ahead of this important ecological event. Brompton is helping raise awareness for the beaver project crowdfunder, and will match the funds raised of their £10k target.
Dr Sean McCormack, a vet and conservationist, and Chair of EWG, says they “hope to show that beavers can live in urban landscapes, they can improve biodiversity and mitigate flood risk in urban river catchments”. He adds that they want to “demonstrate that living alongside nature is really important especially in diverse, urban communities where access to nature may be more difficult.”
It’s hoped the beavers will arrive at the new wetland-park area mid-October, which is when Brompton Technology will be collecting its Engineering, Science and Technology Emmy Award from the Television Academy at a ceremony in Los Angeles. Brompton will leverage the occasion to shine a light on the Beaver Project.
Brompton CEO, Richard Mead, said “as a local resident I’ve enjoyed following and participating in activities with Ealing Wildlife Group for several years. The reintroduction of beavers at Paradise Fields is a really exciting demonstration of rewilding in an urban setting, and Brompton is delighted to be able to support such an important community-led project.”
Read more about the project here: https://ealingwildlifegroup.com/conservation-projects/bringing-beavers-back-to-london/
Visit the project’s crowdfunding page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ealing-beaver-project-needs-your-help