What Goes On Inside a Beaver Pond? is a beautifully illustrated and fascinating guide to one of our most innovative animals, which are helping to prevent floods across England and beyond. Sand bags are good, but nothing as good as prevention measures used by beavers, a common species that simply loves to build dams all day long – that’s what they do! And by doing this, they help to prevent rivers bursting their banks, so the more beavers we look after, the better for everyone!
This book is American, but written by experts, so a good introduction to beavers, who are pretty much the same the world over. Excellent swimmers and builders, this book follows the journey of a year in the life of a young beaver, as she leaves her family lodge and seeks a new home for herself.
Children will learn how beavers can fell trees with their strong teeth, and create wetland habitats, where they collect food and ward off predators. Learn what daily life is like within a beaver colony, and find educational side panels on beaver behaviour and anatomy. Author Becky Cushion Gop is an environmental educator and director of a wildlife sanctuary, and illustrator Carrie Shryock bring beavers to life with charming art for nature-curious kids.
The Eurasian beaver (the one that lives in England) is a large herbivore that was almost driven to extinction a few hundred years ago, due to be hunted for its meat, fur and scent glands (to make perfume). Due to its importance in building tarns, mires and bogs, we also lost a lot of our native land. In 2022, the government finally gave beavers legal protection, which has led to several projects for ‘nature’s engineers’ to now be free to start getting busy again creating natural wetlands, which help to stop floods and benefit our climate.
The law almost did not get through, after the government inexplicably delayed the law at the last minute. This caused uproar amid the public and nature conservationists, as all the law does it to make it an offence to capture, injure, disturb or kill beavers, or damage their resting and breeding sites. Thankfully the law did come into place, so now beavers can be safe from harm. If you are concerned the law is not being upheld for beavers (or any wild creature), you can report it anonymously at Crimestoppers.