Caravanning beavers caught on camera

Footage of two beaver kits hitching a lift from an older relative has been recorded at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve for the first time.

‘Caravanning’ is rarely seen behaviour that occurs when beaver kits are young. They swim in the wake of an adult and sometimes even cling on to get a free ride.

Our Perthshire Ranger Rachael Hunter said: “It’s really exciting to catch this behaviour on film. Caravanning only takes place for a short amount of time when the young kits first begin to explore the world outside their lodges to find food for themselves so it’s a really special sight.”

“It’s only a few years since beavers appeared at Loch of the Lowes and we’re still learning a lot about their lives on the reserve. We have a remote camera trained on the beaver lodge that allows us to monitor them without disturbance, and thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery we are sharing what we learn with the public through our popular Beaver Watch events.”

A small number of tickets are available for our final People’s Postcode Lottery Beaver Watch event of 2017 on Wednesday 30 August. Footage of beavers filmed on the reserve will be shown ahead of a chance to view them from the wildlife hide at dusk.

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Footage of two beaver kits hitching a lift from an older relative has been recorded at Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve for the first time. ‘Caravanning’ …

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