Archie Ruggles-Brise manages the 2000 acre Spains Hall Estate is North Essex. In 2019 he broke new ground by reintroducing a pair of Eurasian Beavers into an enclosure as part of a nature-led natural flood management project. As the first beavers back in East Anglia since the middle ages the project is now visited by over 500 people annually. Since then Archie has led the estate into the world of Natural Capital valuation, completing a baseline and forecast appraisal which paved the way for the estate’s selection as one of only 9 sites for Natural England’s Biodiversity Net Gain Credits pilot. Archie is now working on ambitious Agroforestry plans to drive a transition to a more regenerative approach to agriculture.
Beavers are agents of change. They can help regenerate water catchments, bring back diversity, add flood and drought resilience and improve water quality. Beaver reintroductions are happening now in many parts of the UK. Archie Ruggles-Brise from the Spains Hall estate in Essex will introduce his example of a beaver release into an enclosure at […]