A pair of Eurasian beavers have been released on Exmoor in a National Trust effort to curb flooding and improve biodiversity.

The male and female were released in a fenced woodland on Holnicote Estate.

Project manager Ben Eardley said: “As ecosystem engineers the beavers will develop wetland habitat, increasing the variety and richness of wildlife.”

In recent years, beavers have been released in handful of sites across the UK by conservation groups.

The beaver release is the first of its kind by the National Trust, which is also planning another release in the South Downs.

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