A wonderful beaver dam creating new wildlife habitat: Chris Townend

Tour Summary:
The focus of the evening will be to enjoy good views of a beaver or beavers! There will also be plenty of time to learn about beaver ecology and how they create wonderful new habitat for wildlife and how beavers can alleviate flood risks.
Dependent on the site visited we will walk up to 3 miles during the evening, though some of our time will also involve sitting quietly and waiting patiently.
Dates: From mid April and then throughout May, June, July and August
Site: River Otter Catchment Area

Target Species:
Mammals other than the beavers may also include Otters if we are lucky!
Birds we will look for include Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Dipper.


We have a number of sites that we visit dependent on the time of year and the best activity.
Standard evening visits are generally within a 10 mile radius of Budleigh Salterton. These sites are in public access areas and therefore we are likely to be watching beavers with other people. However, we will always take you to quieter less known sites if possible. Exclusive sites are on private land. These locations ensure a more intimate encounter with the beavers as the locations are often in more diverse habitat and with little, if any, disturbance from other people.


We will take a walk to look for Beavers within the River Otter catchment where we are sure to see plenty of beaver signs with recent tree gnawing and associated beaver “wood chippings” as well as “beaver sticks” and “scent mounds.” Dependent on the site we visit, we may also see some impressive beaver dams.

Of course, seeing a beaver will be the priority and we have an excellent chance of seeing at least one animal and dependent on the time of year, we may see Beaver kits newly emerged from their lodge! Animals can appear at any time during the evening right up until dusk so we will be keeping our eyes peeled! With luck, we may also see Otters and can focus on this species if time allows after being successful with beaver views.

Scroll down to see just some of our beaver encounters that we hope to share with you…..

A young beaver feeding on willow in the River Otter by Chris Townend
Two beaver kits bonding in the River Otter by David White
Female Eurasian beaver with kit in the River Otter by Chris Townend
Two young “sparring” beavers in the River Otter by Chris Townend
A young Eurasian beaver with an oak branch in the River Otter by Chris Townend
Perfect beaver habitat on the River Otter by Helen Booker
Three Otters on the River Otter by Chris Townend
Eurasian beaver ‘surfing” on the River Otter by Chris Townend
An adult female Eurasian beaver in mid grooming session by Chris Townend