Dear Claire

Thank you for your recent emails concerning the beavers on the river Otter. This situation continues to be of considerable interest to my constituents as you might imagine.

I continue to be in regular touch with both DEFRA and the Devon Wildlife Trust following the meeting I arranged with the Minister, Lord de Mauley from whom I am still awaiting answers to the specific questions you raised in your email of 21st August.

The present situation remains that the Devon Wildlife Trust are still in the process of applying for a licence to enable the beavers to return to the river Otter presuming their capture and testing negatively.

Once this has happened I believe there would be some benefit in arranging a meeting with all the relevant bodies which I shall arrange.

Thank you for your continuing interest in this matter.

Yours sincerely

Hugo Swire

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Saturday 20 September reply email to Hugo Swire

Dear Hugo, thank you for your letter dated 16 September, which I received this morning.

I am glad that you are in regular touch with DWT and DEFRA on this matter. I am repeatedly stopped in Ottery by people wanting to know the latest and whether or not the beavers have been captured. It would be helpful if you would let me know if the animals have been captured, or whether the traps have been set.

I am very pleased that you will arrange for DEFRA officials to be invited to a public meeting at Ottery, but I am not sure why there is a need to wait. People are very keen indeed for more information about this process now.  And presumably DEFRA would like to put their side of the story across, especially as many people do not believe that the case for removing the beavers has been made successfully or convincingly.

With this in mind I would be grateful if you would provide some dates when DEFRA officials are available during October so that we can organise a public meeting.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes
Claire