Whilst opinion is heavily divided an interesting article published by the BBC last month suggested the furry aquatic animal, the beaver, could in fact help to minimise the risk of flooding.
Whilst most may assume beavers actually contribute to flooding with their unique habitat of dam building, it is said that this may help to control deep flowing streams when heavy downpours occur.
The dam could work to ‘complicate and slow down water’ making it likely that flood waters will stay upstream in upland areas where less harm will be done. So, could beavers be nature’s water management? Read the full article here.
As this article suggests, wildlife could play an important role in reducing the risk of flooding to properties and infrastructure, with flooding not likely to disappear anytime soon we continue to monitor the clever and effective techniques adopted by our wild little creatures!