BEAVERS will soon be re-introduced to Cumbria in an enclosed scientific trial.

A licence application for a trial at the Lowther Estate in the Eden Valley has been approved by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Beavers are native to Britain but became extinct in the 16th century.

David Bliss, of the Lowther Estate, said the release of the Eurasian beavers would be used to "assess how beavers can restore small, modified streams within a farmed landscape."