Consultation on approach to beaver reintroduction and management in England

Closed 17 Nov 2021

Opened 25 Aug 2021


We are seeking your views on our proposed approach to further reintroductions of beavers in England and the management of the species in the wild.

The consultation sets out our proposed approach, including in relation to future releases into the wild, current and future releases into enclosures and existing wild-living beavers. We also want to know what management and support you think should be available to those managing beavers.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will close on 17 November. The consultation relates to beavers in England only.

Please see below for the consultation document and links to relevant publications prepared by Natural England.

What happens next

Responses to this consultation will be used to inform final decisions on an approach to the reintroduction of beavers in England.

A summary of responses to this consultation will be published on the government website at:


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Water/water Industry sector
  • Angling Organisations and Trade
  • Local Authorities
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Member of the General Public
  • Landowners and their representative bodies
  • Farmers
  • Fishermen


  • Natural environment
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems services
  • Consultations
  • DEFRA Policy
  • Policy and Delivery
  • Inland waterways
  • Conservation
  • Wildlife management