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Bringing Back the Beaver – a talk by renowned rewilder, Derek Gow
Sun 22 October @ 8:00 pm
Derek Gow is a farmer turned nature conservationist who is in the process of rewilding some of his farm near Launceston. Derek has played a significant role in the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver to England. He comes fully armed with penetrating (lacerating) views on our abuse of the natural world. Agree or disagree……
Derek will give a first-hand account of how the movement to rewild the British landscape with beavers has become the single most dramatic and subversive nature conservation act of the modern era. Since the early 1990s – in the face of outright opposition from government, landowning elites and even some conservation professionals – Derek has imported, quarantined and assisted the reestablishment of beavers in waterways across England and Scotland.
In addition to detailing the ups and downs of rewilding beavers, Derek will make a passionate case as to why the return of one of nature’s great problem solvers will be critical as part of a sustainable fix for flooding and future drought, whilst ensuring the creation of essential lifescapes that enable the broadest possible spectrum of Britain’s wildlife to thrive.
Following the talk there will be a Q&A session.
Doors and bar open at 7pm, event starts at 8pm.