You know those days at work when you have a billion important work tasks to do (like preparing for Scotland’s Trade Fair this weekend) but instead you manage to sketch a cheeky beaver called Walter? I’m having one of those.
I’m very excited that beavers are now colonising the UK. Seeing a beaver in the wild – specifically Walter, if possible – is now my new life ambition. Here’s 10 facts I’ve learnt about beavers:
- They are appoximately the same size as a labrador (roughly 30 kilos) but with shorter legs
- They are nocturnal
- They have reddish brown coats
- Their ears close underwater (which is where they like to be)
- They have transparent eyelids for swimming *very handy*
- Beavers mate for life.
- They live in family groups in purpose made log lodges.
- Beavers create a matrix of wet habitats that help young woodland to thrive and create pools rich is aquatic plants. These habitats in turn mean that wildlife can flourish.
- Their front teeth never stop growing. The teeth are coated in a layer of orange iron-rich enamel.
- Scotland’s beavers now have official government protection.