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'Historic moment' as first Norfolk beaver kit in 600 years seen at Ken Hill

A newborn Norfolk beaver has been spotted at Ken Hill for the first time in 600 years.

Lloyd Park, the conservation leader and ecologist at Wild Ken Hill said it was an “historic moment”.

Today, Wild Ken Hill announced on its blog that trailcams have captured footage of a young beaver, known as a kit, inside the 55-acre beaver enclosure at its north-west Norfolk nature restoration project.

The kit belongs to one of two pairs of beavers that were successfully reintroduced at Wild Ken Hill in 2020.

Although only one beaver kit has been spotted to date, beavers on average produce three offspring, meaning there might be more.

Wild Ken Hill has now deployed more cameras to establish how many kits have been born.

Video footage of the new kit was captured at Ken Hill Credit Ken Hill (49732007)
Video footage of the new kit was captured at Ken Hill Credit Ken Hill (49732007)

Eurasian beavers were once native to Norfolk and are known as a keystone species or ecosystem engineers due to their presence having such a vital and positive impact on the local environment and biodiversity.

Once common in these lands, European beavers were hunted to extinction for their fur, glands and meat in the 16th century.

Nearby Babingley and Flitcham have beavers on their village signs to represent beavers guiding Saint Felix to Norfolk.

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