Reintroducing beavers into England could work wonders for the environment. We explore why that is, and what it means for foodservice.
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There’s a good chance you’ve never seen a beaver in the wild — they disappeared from the English countryside centuries ago. But that could be about to change.
Beavers are making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to the fact that they can transform their local environment for the better, and they can do it quickly.
Science is on the case
A recent trial in Devon showed that muddy water entering a beaver’s local environment is three times cleaner when it leaves.
And that’s not all. In just six years of research, beavers created 13 ponds on 183m of stream, trapping 16 tonnes of carbon and one tonne of nitrogen — a fertiliser that can harm water supplies.
It works because beavers dam streams in a way that keeps soil in the headwaters, so it doesn't clog up the river downstream and pollute drinking/bathing water.
An animal of many talents
For many of us, saving the environment would be enough. Not the beaver.
Yes, beaver colonies clean water, stopping chemicals from building up and harming the land — but they’re also fantastic at promoting other wildlife.
The beavers' actions during the research promoted frogspawn, increasing the number from 11 clumps to 681. In turn, that frogspawn supports herons and grass snakes, which feed on the frogs and support a wider ecosystem.
Thanks to their achievements, beavers have a real chance of being re-introduced into the countryside.
What beavers can teach us about foodservice
At Eurest, we also like to re-channel. But rather than water, we channel foodservice into a better environment.
We strive to make your workplace as productive as possible, by providing the right food solutions for your unique needs. So, while you’re working hard, we’re beavering away, serving delicious food.
Find out more about what we do, by visiting our website.