87Beavers: In Memoriam

Submitted Artwork

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This large beaver is swimming about next to its dam in Austria, many years ago, and it was a happy beaver in a wonderful nature reserve on the Danube called the Marchauen near the Slovak border. The presence of the beavers has helped to create this exciting and important habitat where there are, amongst many other bird species, nesting saker falcons, little bittern, white and black storks as well as overwintering white tailed eagles. There are also grass snakes and many species of amphibian. Lepidopterists have recorded over 600 species of moth there. There are also many botanical delights to be found there. Can you imagine what beavers could contribute to the already impressive wealth of species of Scotland?

I was excited to discover beavers on the river near where I live a few years ago. I will not divulge where it is, since the presence of these beavers are not known to the wider public, but it is on a river in Southwest England. The discovery of these animals living close to my home has been one of the most exciting things ever to happen to me. Over the last 18 months, I have been logging all my findings and reporting to certain people who like to know. This includes over 50 first hand sightings. Unfortunately, for the last two months, the sightings and all evidence of activity has tailed off, and I suspect they have moved away for whatever reason. I shall be continuing to monitor this area in the hope that they may return.

I am a great supporter of beaver re-introduction. Since my discovery I have been reading up on beavers. I think they are the most amazing animals and think it would be great if our government could recognize them as a protected native species. I have also been a great fan of Grey Owl for many years, which ties in my love of beavers with my other love which is Canadian canoeing. I would never in a million years have thought that I could go out padding on this river in an open Canoe and have many close encounters with beavers.

I first came across Beaver when we awoke one morning to notice our Pink Lady Apple tree had been stolen, a little stubble of the original tree left on the lawn. Leaning in, I saw the most beautiful nibbled marks on the tree trunk and this fascinating pencil shape. Immediately I loved whatever creature had done this and so desperately wanted to find out who they were and why they’d picked this tree. A month later I was armed with books on beavers, a pair of binoculars and regularly checking the riverbank for any visits.

I made this piece while on residency learning about wood fired ceramics. I thought it would be fun to create a beaver who’d been created using clay and fired using wood. I hope in the future to make a collection of beavers glazed in wood ash (from the remnant trees nibbled on our riverbank), to raise awareness of their positive impact on the environment and to celebrate their beauty.

This project is really amazing! When I found out about it through instagram, it encouraged me to learn more about beavers. They are such smart and resourceful animals, and they deserve to live.

"The Wood Based Technology of Beavers"

Artwork by Alan Scott also known as Stooryduster who illustrates one Scottish word a week on the Internet. An illustrator and designer by trade who worked for many years at Scottish Natural Heritage as a communications officer and was aware of the plans to trial the introduction of beavers into Scotland but left the organisation just before they were released into the countryside.

He went on to teach Visual Communications for the University of the Highlands and Islands for a few years before retiring to undertake whatever work catches his interest.

In this case the use of his illustration to try and get recognition for the engineering skills of beavers that could be harnessed in nature restoration and flood prevention by relocating the animals rather than culling.

With the list of endangered and extinct species growing by the day he feels that human beings should not be culling creatures - but instead be striving to diversify and enrich habitats everywhere.

I think beavers are great.

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I live in Canada currently but lived in the UK for several years. I followed the stories about reintroducing the beaver. It felt uplifting to know the Scottish government cared about diversifying its wildlife population. So it was very hard to hear about the culling of the 87 beavers. I am hopeful however that the awareness this group has brought to many people will have a positive effect.

Beaver painted from a wonderful photograph taken by my friend Colin Harper earlier this year. This beaver was busy undertaking japanese knotweed management work on the banks of the River Earn in Perthshire.

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I've been really heartened to see the positive response from so many people to this project, and enjoyed the amazing range of artwork.

I'd like to think we can move towards a future where killing wildlife isn't necessary for farming to be economically viable. I understand that farming sometimes demands tough decisions, and hope that through a government funded beaver translocation programme farmers are no longer forced to make these kinds of decisions.

I am a multi-media artist working in photography, watercolour and wool and made this wee needle-felted beaver in response to your call for beaver artwork.

I grew up at Bamff, one of the first places in Scotland to have beavers, and have come back as an adult with my little family. Witnessing the changes the beavers have made to the landscape has been one of the most extraordinary and wonderful things in my life. We hear about ecosystem destruction and collapse all over the world, and in this tiny corner of ours, the reverse is happening. I spend a lot of time making the case for beavers from the point of view of instrumental value to humans, even economic value, but here I wanted to speak in a more emotional and personal way about how seeing a wild animal up close can help you to touch the edges of yourself, recalibrate, and see how you are just part of nature. With that in mind, it is hard to imagine the mindset of someone in that same space, but shooting the poor creature. It must be stopped.

I am a 23 year old illustrator based in Edinburgh.

Scotland is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with lush nature and such a diversity of animals that live here. It is heartbreaking that the Scottish Government is taking such drastic actions against these beautiful creatures. Every life is precious and I think people in power forget that we are not above everything else, that just because we are smarter it does not mean we have the right to mess with the delicate balance of nature and decide what lives and what dies.

I found out about this campaign through my friend after she received my beaver greetings card - this beaver was painted because it is one of her favourite animals. The awareness you are making for the beavers in amazing! I will continue to sell cards containing this beaver print in the hope that beaver popularity increases.

We must always remember that we are SHARING this land with the Wild. Beavers play an important role in an ecosystem: their dams are homes to more sensitive plant and animal species, their dams regulate water flow and improve water quality… but besides that, beavers should not have to "prove" their importance for us to care about their survival. Let’s not drive these incredible animals to extinction when there are ways we can live alongside them.

She was fascinated by their industrious nature and incredible ability to create wildlife habitat that benefits countless other species. Her love of beavers instilled in me a deep respect for the natural world which can easily be seen in my trail camera photography.

I work in wildlife conservation, based in the Highlands and with a particular passion for invertebrates. The power of beavers to transform our landscape for the better, for people and for invertebrates, cannot be overstated. All it takes is for the human species to relinquish some of its natural instinct for control. We must find the strength and wisdom to do this. Before it is too late.

I'm 25-year-old student from Finland and I spent couple semesters studying in Scotland. I'm studying natural sciences and am concerned about the decisions made by the Scottish Government to kill beavers that have a major role in nature's biodiversity as ecosystem engineers.

I have a background in wildlife conservation ~ otters, rivers and wetlands in particular. By encouraging wildlife to flourish, we make the world a better place all round.

"Eighty-seven", a poem.

What’s the cold-blood shot worth?

As the crack rebounds to the sounds
of death ripples in the water,
Do you ever think of the consequences?

The sound of a kit’s cry as you steal its parents?
The corrupted water quality?
The floodwaters rushing through the houses downstream?

Is that what the cold-blood shot is worth?

Has your soul really hung around since the last one was exterminated?
Patiently hating
Waiting to persecute the beaver

How exactly do you manage to shove Mercy to one side
While you get on with your dirty deed?

Is it worth the darkening stain
On your shredded conscience?

I often see beavers on our local waterways - part of the River Tay catchment. I find it deeply disappointing that 87 beavers were killed under licence in 2019 despite it being regarded as a last resort measure within what is a legal framework. Sadly, I suspect they probably represent only part of the total number killed. I appreciate that we all see things from different angles and also that life is a balance and involves some compromise. In light of this I would love to see a time where the beavers' effect on river catchments is more widely understood and appreciated. Their presence in the ecosystem has many benefits. In those instances where, on balance, this seems to be outweighed by an overriding need for something else, full and proper discussion should precede any course of action. If, after this, action is still required, then suitable mitigation measures should be undertaken if at all possible. Translocation (to a suitable place) should be seen as the last resort.

As a hunt saboteur I have seen first-hand how the Scottish government allows the torment and brutal, unnecessary killing of wild mammals under the flimsy guise of "land management" or "pest control". Using dogs to torture a fox, slaughtering mountain hares to satisfy grouse shooters, wiping out 20% of the beaver population — these are not things we should stand for with our modern-day understanding of ethics and mercy. We must always make a stand against cruelty and the senseless butchering of non-human animals.

My name’s Mollie Powell, I’m 18 and from West Yorkshire. I’ve been vegan & passionate about animal rights for almost 5 years now; I believe that all animals deserve a right to life, no matter how small or large. Beavers play such a significant role in the ecosystem that I think it’s disastrous that so many of them are being killed after their reintroduction, they could change so much if they were just given the chance.

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Take a look at Jonathan's complete Risograph print to see the full context.

Beaver dam on the Burnieshead burn at Bamff, Perthshire.

I have lived among beavers in Perthshire for 18 years and they have immeasurably enriched my life. Here is one of fifty dams they have built on our local waterways.

I am Hannah Feuerstein, a German artist based in Dundee.

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I live in one of the first re- inhabited beaver areas in Scotland and have seen both their contribution to this area and of course the hostile reception by most land owners. As an artist interested in our representation of nature and natural history, the opportunity to see beaver activity along our water banks for the first time in our life time, offered new and exciting imagery.

"87 Beavers", a poem.

87 beavers
43 pairs and a spare

What wonder could they do?
I would magic them to rivers of the West.
To Cornwall and Devon.
We are greedy for them here;
to combat our flooded villages,
our drought racked pastures.

I can see them settling, 43 pairs and a spare,
in the Lynher, the Otter, the Inny, the Tiddy,
turning moorland runoff into timpanic lakes;
mud baths for swallows, nurseries for trout,
eels writhing like Medusa’s hair. Pond skaters,
buffeted by oars of water boatmen
would dance their dodgem car waltz,
crimson and cyan damsel flies, dragonflies,
coots, geese, mallard, moorhen, all joining
in riotous party din.

In beaver coppiced clearings
goshawks would hunt grey squirrels,
and around water's edge by ragged robin,
the golden eyes of marsh ragwort,
marsh buttercup, flag iris.

What a sight from the air
would be the vista devised by 43 pairs,
and a spare!

Wetlands like emerald chrysalises swelling in sun,
landscapes of bright viridian and watery blue,
a sky dark with birds, the corvid caw of rooks, jackdaws,
and somewhere, if you listen very carefully,
a yellow hammer calling for a little bit of bread with no cheese.

As night falls how the air would swell
with scent of honeysuckle and meadow sweet;
bats swooping like falling sycamore wings,
a soundtrack of munching vegetation,
teeth sawing alder, willow, oak.

Beavers. Building landscapes. Growing ecology.
Protecting our villages from flooding.

See how they journey, those 43 pairs and a spare!
Down the Lynher, up the Tamar, along the Seaton,
into the Fowey, through the Inny, across the Otter,
building lodges, birthing kits, managing wetlands
to swelling torsos of diamond clean water,
until 43 pairs and a spare are 173, 259, 517, 1033.

In the winter see our towns and villages,
free from flooding, are open as usual.
Hessenford, Seaton, Boscastle, Looe,
Polperro, Fowey, Mevagissy, Bude -
saved by 87 beavers.

43 pairs and a spare.

The pixies in Cornwall are dead and gone -
so too are the 43 pairs and a spare.
We are confined to offices of flood management schemes,
rivers brown with farmyard chemicals, with filthy topsoil;

so this poem of emerald tracts is as bitter-sweetly etched
as the great land of Oz. Gone the yellow brick road
with its promise of lions and tigers and bears oh my;
for these beaver’s bones will never become
the building blocks of ecological alchemy
but form instead archaeological evidence
of their second great extinction.

87 dead beavers.

43 dead pairs
and one dead spare.

#81 Wee Rebellion
(Aged 5, 8, 11, 13)
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1/3 Drawing of a beaver by Aavo (8).

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Beaver knit and crochet in handspun Wensleydale and Shetland wool, stuffed with Jacob fleece.

While I was knitting, I thought about beavers as makers — how their dexterous paws have 'fingers' not so different from my own hands; how beavers craft dams to shape the landscape. And how beavers can inspire us in creating nature-based ways of healing the damage of climate change and biodiversity loss.

In the background of the picture is the Knitstinction Rebellion banner, entirely handknit, crochet and stitched by dozens of hands all over Scotland. The banner is made up of knitted squares in the colours of land, sky and sea, over which is stitched an extinction symbol consisting of leaves, flowers, birds and beasties. Like the 87 Beavers project, the Knitstinction banner is a work of craftivism — a more slow, physically-distanced and inclusive form of activism.

Here is a photo of my terracotta beaver made in Derbyshire at my Creative Pottery studio.

This piece is made from eighty seven pieces of a shattered beaver skull that was found after it had been shot under licence in west Perthshire.

A visual artist from Scotland, George works across moving image, performance, music, collage & poetry.

For the past 3 years he has been working with volcanoes, interviewing them and bringing books full of people’s regrets to burn in their mouths.

He enacted this on Etna in 2017 & Gorely, Kamchatka in 2018.

Beavers do the opposite of what industrial agriculture does: they complexify landscapes, complexify waterways, create ecosystems that many other organisms rely upon

In a time of mass extinction thanks to climate change we need them now more than ever to enact their natural architectural interventions.

This exhibition is important to raise awareness on the 87 beavers that were killed under the Scottish Government license. Beavers are important ecocystem engineers, that can encourage biodiversity and reduce the risk of flooding if humans and animals work together.

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A haiku

Beaver-wild wetlands

Eighty seven needless kills

Scotland diminished

— Words by Nonie, charcoal by Bill.

We’ve supported the reintroduction of Beavers to Scotland for nearly 20 years — with many other individuals and volunteer organisations like SWBG. So, like others, we were horrified by the issuing of licences and the scale of the killing — in the weeks and months immediately after beavers were finally declared a European Protected Species in Scotland. It’s so needless and wrong-headed when our First Minister has recognized the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss and promised action, when the rest of the UK and Europe value beavers and the healthy wetlands they create and the role they both play in mitigating and preventing the worst impacts of these crises — and "beavers do it for free". We love the Extinction Rebellion Scotland idea to use "art action" to express the strength of public opinion, understanding of these issues and appreciation and values of Nature — as a way to call on the Scottish Government to do better.

Relocate, don’t exterminate!

Its funny how an animal that's so elusive can bring so much joy. I set up at Loch of Kinnordy one night and caught a glimpse of a head for a millisecond, but this was enough to make my day. Let's not make them even more elusive and rewind the good work done by conservationists in Scotland.

Although I have always been creative, it is only in the last year I have found a love for working in pastels. This beaver picture is not what I would usually do, but I have very much enjoyed it, and that's the point of doing art.

These furry little beings, are totally unique in the work that they do in our waterways. They take our hashed out habitats, and transform them in to a fully diverse ecosystem, there are no other animals on the planet that can do the same, including us so called intelligent humans.

No beavers should be killed whilst there are many other rivers to inhabit, and work their magic on. Relocation not decimation!!!

One of my greatest wildlife moments was watching a Beaver swim past while I stood on a small jetty over looking a small waterway in the Netherlands. It was a magical, amazing and thrilling experience, and one I thought I would never get to see in Britain. With the shooting of these 87 Beavers in Scotland I'm wondering if the glimpse of hope I had when I heard Beaver were on the increase might have been in vain.

I am a wildlife enthusiast from southern England, a keen moth- er who knows the importance of keystone species in landscapes.

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The idea of saving the beavers sounded trivial to me at first but after taking the time to learn about these little critters I see how crucial they are to our ecosystems. Killing these beavers is another instance of our Government speaking proudly about how they love and care for our wilderness but as soon as that wilderness intrudes on our manicured systems we literally murder whatever is in our way. I'm happy someone is speaking up for these little guys.

I'm a professional artist living in the far north of Scotland inspired mostly by the animals we share the planet with. I often use my art to raise awareness of issues facing animals endangered or exploited by humans.

The killing of 87 beavers in Scotland this year saddens me so much because it was entirely unnecessary - these animals could have been safely translocated to an area where they could've thrived. Given that we already caused the extinction of beavers in the UK once, it seems absurd that this is allowed to happen in the name of 'management'. Landowners and farmers need to learn to work with conservationists for the good of the planet and everyone on it (human and non-human animals alike).

I’m an artist from Abernethy, Perthshire, who paints mainly Scottish mountains and dreams, in acrylics. I belong to the Newburgh art group.

The stuff I have learnt about beavers in our country has led me to believe that they are a great asset in land prone to flooding as in the Somerset Levels and the Tay with its tributaries. Their dam building and consequent slowing down of the rivers’ speed is invaluable.

Like everyone else they are just trying to survive, shooting them is criminal.

It makes me so sad to see Scotlands nature dwindle and disappear. More so to the point that I didn't even know we had beavers until I came across this project. Protect the beavers.

I have been drawing birds and wildlife a lot lately and feel passionately about preserving and protecting wildlife.

I'm a graphic artist, photographer and filmmaker that grew up in Scotland with family along the Tay. I love art and nature so love when I can combine the two together, especially to help conservation and re-wilding causes. On the subject of beavers and conservation I believe it's of the upmost importance to re-introduce and protect this keystone species and to place protected status on them with relocation always the option before culling. Scotland being forward thinking in these matter has always made me proud of my heritage so this extremely unnecessary killing was a particularly disappointing situation that I feel goes against our usually progressive national identity.

I am a Lithuanian illustrator and printmaker, now based in Scotland.

My inspiration comes from nature and folk tales. The illustration I made for this project is an ink drawing on paper, approx. 8 x 20 inches.

I’ve studied beavers for my degree for over a year, and they are amazing creatures that bring a range of ecological, economical and social benefits. Those killed on the River Tay unjustly serve to show that a lack of true understanding of their importance to their ecosystem, and an intolerance for small managements and changes (which will in turn result in massive benefits for land owners and farmers alike). Beavers are incredible engineers and any perceived costs they may bring are far outweighed by the massive benefits to the ecology and carbon storage capacity of an area. I hope this project serves to reduce and eliminate the killings of such amazing animals, which represent years of work for those who wish to reintroduce them, and educate those who are more apprehensive!

"Ode tae a beaver", a poem.

Fae lang ago thay hae returned,
Tae a landscape managed,
Treeless an’ burned.

Unwanted by some beavers kin be,
They'll benefite us a',
Juist wait ye'll see.

Fur gie thaim time an’ gie thaim space,
They'll mak' a drookit land o' this place.

Building dams a' plenty wi’ felled trees a' aroond,
Th' purity o' water wull soon reboond.

Stowed oot wi' lif it wull be,
Dragonflies, Salmon an’ Otters we’ll soon see!

As rainfall ilk year continues tae graw,
Th' wetlands o' oor beavers wull slow th' flow.

Town's downstream kin noo kip sound,
As beavers upstream avert flooding o' thair grounds.

Still unwanted by some thay kin be,
They'll benefite us a',
Juist wait,
Ye'll see.

I have never seen a beaver but at Bamff last year there was plenty of evidence of their amazing handiwork. I hope to go back there before too long - and I may even see one.

I love beavers because they build nature and we need lots more of that to replace what has been lost.

— Ella

Both me and my sister Ella are very passionate about all nature things and spend a lot of our time trying to raise awareness. We started school striking for the climate back in December 2018 and this week will be our 84th weekly strike. Living close to the sea in Ullapool we are very aware of the damage being done to the marine environment and also the impact climate change is having. We need to live in harmony with nature much more and try not to control it quite so much.

The UK is currently only rated 189th of 214 countries surveyed for biodiversity intactness. If the Scottish Government is serious about tackling biodiversity loss then they must make room for beavers in our countryside, allow them to thrive and re-build our damaged landscape. To allow the shooting of 87 beavers is so wrong headed and sends out completely the wrong environmental message. If necessary trans-locate don't exterminate."

— Finlay

Looking forward hopefully to a time when beavers are able to work their magic without persecution. Thank you to everyone working towards this goal.

I won't forget the first time I saw one of the resident beavers at Loch of the Lowes on a conservation placement there 5 years ago, holding my breath as it swam past the hide going about its business. I was to spend many evenings getting to know that beaver family and each encounter proved special. The value of the beaver as an ecosystem engineer is intriguing and I think we should be doing all we can to live and learn alongside them. Their roots run deeper than ours in the beautiful country of Scotland. I'm now on the other side of the world, still working in conservation in the largely mammal-deprived New Zealand, but the endearing nature of the beaver puts it, still, up there with my favourite creatures.

I photographed this pair of beavers wrestling with each other and displaying socialisation behaviour. They’re wild Scottish beavers, photographed near Alyth in Perthshire, an awesome place to see these amazing animals in the wild.

I'm a music teacher and musician with a passion for photographing the wildlife of Scotland, and a special interest in mammals; I regularly photograph badgers, foxes, otters and in the last couple of years, beavers.

My needle felted beaver has been made from 100% wool, mostly of the famous seaweed eating North Ronaldsay sheep, with a little Shetland wool for eyes, nose and toes. He stands at over 30cm tall. I have attached a photo of him 'on location' at one of the few woodlands we have in Orkney.

We have watched with interest as these wonderful creatures have been reintroduced into our countryside. We find it appalling that a protected species can be culled (rather than relocated to a more suitable location).

I'm a Biology graduate from Edinburgh. Through lockdown I would take long walks in the Pentland Hills, and then spend time drawing any wildlife I had spotted — it was a great relief and escape from stress and anxiety. Sadly I have never seen a beaver in person, so am very interested in their conservation. Hopefully in the future I will be able to say "I've seen a wild beaver!".

I am interested in wildlife and OneKind drew my attention to the issue concerning the shooting of the 87 beavers. There is a serious question regarding why all these beavers were shot. That is the reason I have submitted my artwork.

If beavers were deliberately reintroduced back into the countryside what was the reason for killing so many of them?

I am currently doing a Fine Art degree in my final year. This work was done in watercolour pencils, dry.

I am an artist working in Portsmouth. I have been working on wildlife portraits to celebrate the growing rewilding movement across the country – Bison in Kent now! – and then I heard about this terrible reversal against supposedly protected beavers in Scotland so had to respond.

Our beaver drawing is in memory of the wonderful 87 beavers killed last year across Tayside. Beavers are special animals that can help us support and create the very much needed biodiversity. We desperately need biodiverse ecosystems in the face of climate change.

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I am a 3rd year BA Fine Art student at Sunderland Uni. I think it is desperately sad that beavers are being culled in the UK when we have so little natural wildlife. Beavers are also known to be good for the environment helping prevent floods in certain areas.

A collection of 87 photographs I have personally taken at Bamff, Perthshire of the beavers here - one of the first locations where were beavers were introduced in Scotland back in 2002.

I happen to live there, hence beavers are part of my daily life, as I am increasingly involved in various ways with the rewilding process there - from working as an artist/composer to helping with the promotion, the monitoring and increasingly other aspects of the long term project here - which will get underway in its next exciting phase at the end of this year.

Find out more about Bamff Rewilding.

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A big thank you to everyone out there supporting and raising awareness of this keystone species. With better understanding we can all acknowledge the need to step back and allow nature some space to recover. The beaver brings so many, so dearly needed benefits to our landscapes, our climate, our water and our nature. We are on the same team. We just need to learn to work together.

I am an artist working in the North East of England. Inspired by the natural world and the green spaces near where I live, my art is about celebrating and connecting with the landscape, its mythologies and its wildlife. As a member of several environmental campaign groups, I feel that a vital way of helping to preserve that natural world is to encourage people to engage with it.

I am constantly saddened and appalled by the way humans treat animals. To have re-introduced this iconic mammal to our countryside only for 87 of them to be shot it beyond belief. These gentle creatures have already proved their worth in the increased biodiversity their land management creates and they deserve to be fully protected. Shooting is a cheap and thoughtless solution when problems arise. We have to do better than this.

As an illustrator specialising in British wildlife, I believe all creatures, including the beaver, play an important role in shaping our world. We should be working with these animals, not against them!

I'm a self taught artist from Northern Ireland. I wanted to create something worthy of these beautiful creature.

I come from Northern Ireland and mother of 6. I'm a self taught artist who has been painting for less than a year.

Until recently I didn't know how endangered these lovely animals were. I have been fascinated by all water creatures since I was a child and feel it as a duty to do what we can to save them.

"Beaver to the Firing Squad", a poem.

You drove us to extinction once before,
Preferring our soft brown pelts
Upon your head and backs.
A sense of luxury felt.

You cut away our scent glands
To add "vanilla" to your food
And fragrance to perfume,
To enhance your evening mood.
But we are more than that.

You killed and killed and killed again
Until we were no more.

Does your heart not sink
Or your stomach churn
When you point your gun
And shoot your turn?
What joy in that?

You’ve brought us back again
Even given us your protection.
Then as we feel secure, under license,
You blast annihilation.
What sense is that?

We are but gentle creatures.
Our aim as ecosystem engineers
To ease your fires and floods and
Create diversity as climate crisis nears.
Just ponder that.

I am a crofter with my husband on the west coast of Scotland and feel passionate that the human race should take care of the Earth and all its plants and creatures. We are all part of Nature, we are all one.

"For the 87", a poem.

450 ecosystems engineers in Tayside,
restoring wet woodlands
creating homes for rarities
including yellow wagtails
and wood white butterflies
that flutter in glades that seem created
especially for them.

450 flood management specialists
reducing flooding risks
for downstream towns and villages.

450 beavers
protected as would be otter, wildcat or dolphin
so they should not be disturbed or killed

by license

as a last resort

if no alternative response is available.

So we should welcome them and celebrate them

but the protectors became the killers
killing 87 protected beavers
without exploring alternatives
which seems hardly a last resort.

I am contributing this drawing of a beaver as an expression of my sadness that the only way we seem to be able to manage our relationship with our natural environment and the animals that we share it with, is by killing and maiming.

"How to count to 87", a poem.

"you're in our way,"
those figures said,
swinging club and gun
to split our head.

I'd thought this earth
was for us all
but they broke my dam
and built a wall

to section off
and claim some land
and act there was
no other hand

that searched these rivers
for home and life,
that lived through both
happiness and strife,

that swam with young
throughout the wood,
and cleaned the waters
and did some good

by building homes
for vole and otter,
and all who see nature
as their mother.

The way I think
we all should live:
to face your neighbour,
smile and forgive

all the wrongs
that have been done.
We were eighty-seven.
Now we're none.

We should be encouraging these wonderful, ingenious creatures to thrive in the UK. It makes me so sad and frustrated to know 87 were legally killed. We share this world with all the other creatures in it, we need to understand that it does not belong to us alone.

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At a time of climate and ecological emergencies and with Scotland as one of the most nature depleted countries and the economy in a pretty poor state, we need desperate action. As a keystone species and an ecosystem engineer, beavers tackle the effects of climate change, boost biodiversity and all free of charge. To allow the shooting of 87 protected beavers rather than relocate them to areas where they are needed and wanted, was criminal.

If only beavers could speak for themselves. Well, until then their lives are on our hands. Animals and wildlife are the primary inspiration for my sketches and drawings, and they bring to this world so much beauty and joy. I think we owe it to them to take good care of these little guys.

I am a professional tattoo artist from Leicestershire. I have always loved and cared about animals, nature and the natural world and wildlife. I draw and tattoo a lot of foliage and animals and wildlife.

I was instantly excited to be able to get involved with raising awareness of this cause. The killing of these beautiful and important animals is mindless and completely unnecessary. These peaceful animals play a huge role to the environment and they create habitats for other wildlife and plants and improve water quality. I hope these artworks create awareness and change for these creatures

#28 Lily Bloom
(Aged 15)

A beaver I have needle-felted for the 87 Beavers campaign

As a ranger I've had the pleasure of witnessing how beavers engineer their surroundings and create new habitats for a huge range of wildlife. Biodiversity follows beavers, nature flourishes in their wake. Beavers are going to be invaluable in our battle against climate change and should be protected as such.

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If we do not wake up as a species to the idiocy of our cavalier attitude towards the ecosystem, there will be no planet worth inhabiting for my precious grandchildren. Beavers are a beacon of light , highlighting a way forward if we will only begin to practise humility and intelligence.

As a resident of the Isle of Skye, the beauty of wild places is massively important to me, and so is community. The promotion and protection of wild places and animals needs to come hand in hand with the people that live there. Perhaps that is where we have let down these 87 beavers. My hope is, going forward that community awareness and support of rewilding projects such as this will flourish, as people begin to appreciate the vitality of our wild places. My plan is to begin studying Environmental Science this year so I can be better informed on my part in all this. Beavers are such beautiful creatures with such positive complex impacts on their environment. I hope unnecessary loss like this never happens again.

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No Licence to Kill

Heidi Perryman of Martinez and international leading beaver believer & Chris Jones decided to jointly enter his poem "Beaver" with her video montage.

"Beaver", a poem.

Silent swimmer, slipping through
a silken meniscus of green reflecting
watery light.

Unpaid worker, clearing brambles,
coppicing trees. cleaning water,
inventing ponds.

Generous host, making homes
for plants, insects, newts and fish.
Creator of jobs for otter and heron.

Bold author of reimagined headwaters,
unconscious sequester,
fierce protector, little person.

Please come back to a river near me.

"Protected Beavers", a poem.

Beavers are now protected no longer listed red
But they've been a bit of a nuisance so we just shot them in the head
Too much bother to look up methods to peacefully coexist
Much simpler just to shoot them and put them back on the list

To all the Scottish ministers from species listed red
Please don't list us as protected as we’ll just end up dead
We are surrounded by the old guard who only have shooting in mind
They don't want to bother with animals of any other kind

Pheasant grouse and deer are fine
But they don't want the beaver felling Pine
Stopping floods and reducing pollution
That's not really their kind of solution

Insects, birds and baby fish all thrive because of beaver dams
But this kind of world is not wanted by the gentry or farmers with lambs
If only they could see how much better our land would be
When it's a paradise that many people would be glad to see

So let's get some sense and don't act like cowboys
These creatures are not old cuddly toys
We throw the real ones away at our loss
There's a huge irreparable environmental cost

Don't allow shoot first ask questions later
Get the right laws down on paper
Use some sense and the tips we already know
Let's turn this land into a place we are proud to show

I have always been passionate about protecting the world and the animals that inhabit it. My art typically represents this passion of mine and focuses on wildlife, plants and landscapes. By focusing on these subject matters I aim to use art to show my appreciation of the natural world and inspire others to have the same appreciation.

I drew this beaver because I felt the need to raise awareness for the positive impact they can have on ecosystems and through posting this image on social media I was made aware of the 87 beavers exhibition. I hope that my art can be used to raise awareness of this cause and prevent further senseless killings of living beings.

A little watercolour picture I did for the 87 Beavers who were cruelly shot in Scotland 2019.

My name is Amanda Murray and I'm a wife and mum to one little boy. I feel privileged to submit my watercolour creation in memory of the 87 Beavers cruelly taken from our environment in 2019.

This disgusting act goes against everything I believe in and I am sure plenty of others would agree. Animals have rights and these beautiful Beavers should be left to thrive and live happy lives not be shot in cold blood.

I am a postgraduate student based in Glasgow with a background in film and television production. One of my lifelong loves and interests has been wildlife and I am very passionate about conservation, particularly here in Scotland. I was so excited when I first heard that beavers were being reintroduced to Scotland and I am shocked and saddened to know that 87 have since been killed under licence in 2019 alone. With this ink drawing I wanted to represent all 87 beavers to show the sheer magnitude of the killings, as well as create an uneasy juxtaposition between the cuteness of the beaver characters portrayed and their real counterparts' fate in reality.

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Beaver collages created as part of an art project in rural Angus primary schools.

Beaver collages created as part of an art project in rural Angus primary schools. We used David Attenborough's BBC Earth Beaver Construction Squad film as a stimulus. In some schools the teacher worked with the whole school, in others with groups of children 8-11 years old, depending on the size of the school. We explored collage techniques and built dams in the playground. We wrote acrostic poems along the lines of the animal poems in The Lost Words (Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris). We discussed the relationship between the beaver and ourselves and looked at its unique and special talents. Many children had experience of beavers in their environment.

We have lots of beavers in Canada, but it wasn't always that way. They were almost trapped to extinction during the fur trade as the felt made from their pelts were in huge demand in Europe in the 1700 & 1800's. I have some living right by my house in the creek. My artwork is created with a beaver motif and Métis floral beadwork. It's very highly textured.

Métis Beaver Spirit - The Beaver - kastor (kastor) is hardworking, diligent and creative. It's naturally driven to succeed and reaches its daily goals easily. The efficient beaver can carve down trees and build a lodge and dams in a short period of time. Many Métis people have this same drive and like the beaver would build their homes near lakes and rivers, such as those in the Qu'appelle Valley. A human with the spirit of a beaver can and will succeed at reaching their goals.

It takes a certain kind of mentality to view all nature in this way.

Derek is an ecologist, reintroduction specialist, farmer and author of Bringing Back the Beaver.

A watercolour and ink painting that I’ve created to commemorate one of the 87 beavers. I really hope it captures the purity, innocence and natural spark of these precious animals.

I made this during printmaking class at Argyll college for the Argyll Beaver Centre (Heart of Argyll Wildlife).

I've been observing beavers and volunteering with monitoring since their reintroduction in Knapdale, and continue to be in awe of their construction abilities and the positive effect on ecosystem.

I was appalled by the killing of the 87, so many Scottish sites would welcome beavers, it's time to allow licensed relocation within Scotland.

This Beaver has been drawn to help raise awareness for the 87 beavers killed in scotland in 2019 despite being a protected animal! Beavers are a native incredible animal who play a vital part in our environment!

I have reworked the New York City flag emblem, which features two beavers. The fur trade was the foundation of the city's early economy; the beaver is now a protected species in New York State.

I wove repurposed, handmade paper to represent beavers' engineering skills, with a relief-printed blue ground for their benefits to our waterways.

I'm submitting this beaver painting on wood, approximately 29x45cm in size, to help raise awareness of the senseless slaughter of so many members of this vital species.

Beavers are one of the most important keystone species on our planet, and their work creates vital habitat for countless other creatures. Beaver dams are integral for flood control, restoring wetlands, reducing erosion, cleansing and storing vast amounts of fresh water, as well as drastically increasing biodiversity. Some dams are as large as 850 meters in length and have existed for centuries. These industrious mammals are hard-working, diligent parents, and are also monogamous, in addition to being utterly fascinating.

Several thousand years ago a now extinct giant species of beaver, Castoroides ohioensis, roamed the earth. The large rodent weighed nearly 300 pounds, and was between six and seven feet in length.

Rhonda Winter is an artist, writer and political activist, native to California. She studied art and organic agroecology at San Francisco State University and the University of Santa Cruz. Currently she works and resides in Berlin.

I'm a full-time volunteer working on an organic homestead in Dumfries. I believe all life is sacred and the killing of these creatures, especially legally, is heartbreaking to hear. We should be employing different tactics to ensure the continuation of this amazing addition to Scottish biodiversity.

My name is Anne Elsom, I explore art using different techniques, pen and ink, glass, wire, linocuts and anything else I think might work! Living in Norfolk, I get my inspiration from my surroundings, my garden, my walks, by being outside. I am interested in how we can live alongside nature.

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I’m Andrew Squire, an environmental activist and a visual artist with a particular focus on wildlife. Beavers are a Keystone species – their presence makes it possible for other species to live in the ecosystem. They’re a wonderful symbol of a regenerative relationship with the wider natural world, and one that we’d do well to emulate instead of persecute.

I am Charlotte O'Neill, a 19 year old artist and photographer with an interest in nature and the environment. I believe that ecosystem restoration is an important part of combating the ecological crisis we are currently in. Beavers play a large role in changing the environments they are in and in creating habitats. It is also just nice to see them in our landscapes once again.