A beaver explores his new territory at West Ken Hill.

Two male beavers have been released into the territories of two female beavers on a West Norfolk estate.

The two males, named Orange and Blue after their ear tags, were introduced to their new 4,000 acre habitat at Wild Ken Hill in Snettisham last month.

It is hoped the animals, which have been imported from Tayside, in Scotland, will breed with the two females released there in April.

They were the first beavers to be reintroduced to the county for centuries.

Project manager at Wild Ken Hill, Dominic Buscall, said: “We’re introducing beavers to re-wet and open up an area of woodland to boost biodiversity, but also to demonstrate this animal has an important role and a future in the UK countryside, and should not be subject to government-sanctioned persecution in Scotland, where 20 per cent of the wild population was shot in 2019.”

Fellow project manager Nick Padwick added: “Beavers are ecosystem engineers – they create habitat used by other species, like fish, insects and plants by building leaky dams and felling trees. 

“We’ve introduced two males to pair up with the females already here – we hope they breed and transform this landscape together.”

To follow the beavers’ progress visit www.wildkenhill.co.uk