Raw sewage threatens first beaver colony in 400 years

THE first wild beaver colony to live on an English river for 400 years is under threat because of raw sewage spills, wildlife experts warned.

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Sewage from Honiton treatment works in Devon has contaminated the water used by the beaver colony along the river Otter, Devon Wildlife Trust said.

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Mark Elliot, who leads the beaver project for the trust, said the 137 spills last year were "a massive concern".

He added: "There is a whole range of nasties contained in sewage that could potentially impact them, like viruses and bacteria."

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South West Water, which runs the sewage site, said: "We are totally committed to the sustainable management of wild beavers, due to the multiple beneficial impacts they can have on rivers."

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