Dear Hugo, I wonder if you have had chance to consider this proposal yet? I am keen to get things moving because I believe that DEFRA intends to trap the beavers soon.
Subject: DEFRA officials meeting at Ottery about plans for the beavers
I have been asked by an Ottery resident, Tom Buckley, if I would organise a meeting in the town for DEFRA officials to come along to talk to local people about the government’s plans for the beavers. I believe that Tom also sent you a message about this.
Tom is an environmental scientist and has spent much time filming and studying the animals that are on the river Otter. He is understandably keen to ensure that DEFRA are communicating with local people about what will happen to the animals and when they will be returned to the river. It may also be helpful for DEFRA to speak to residents directly about the reasons they are carrying out this action – many people are baffled as to why the beavers are being removed from the river.
I am more than happy to make the necessary arrangements so that the meeting can go ahead, if you would be good enough to liaise with the relevant DEFRA staff on suitable dates.
I would be grateful if a visit could be arranged sooner, rather than later, as my understanding is that the beavers capture will be organised shortly.
I would have thought that a date in September would be in everyone’s interests.
Many thanks for your help.
Independent Devon County and East Devon District Councillor
Independent Parliamentary candidate for East Devon
Woodland Trust Tree Champion For Devon
Ottery St Mary Rural Ward
tel: 01404 812531