Furry friends of the environment
There’s a good chance you’ve never seen a beaver in the wild — they disappeared from the English countryside centuries ago. But that could be about to change.
These furry critters are making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to the fact that they can transform their local environment for the better, and they can do it quickly.
Beavering away to clean up rivers
A recent trial in Devon showed that muddy water entering the beaver’s local environment is three times cleaner when it leaves.
And that’s not all. In just six years of research, beavers created 13 ponds on 183m of stream, trapping 16 tonnes of carbon and one tonne of nitrogen — a fertiliser that can harm water supplies.
It works because beavers dam streams in a way that keeps soil in the headwaters, so it doesn’t clog up the river downstream and pollute water.
An animals of many talents
For many of us, saving the environment would be enough. Not the beaver.
Yes, beaver colonies clean water, stopping chemicals from building up and harming the land — but they’re also fantastic at promoting other wildlife.
The beavers’ actions during the research promoted frogspawn, increasing the number from 11 clumps to 681. In turn, that frogspawn supports herons and grass snakes, which feed on the frogs and support a wider ecosystem.
Thanks to their achievements, beavers have a real chance of being re-introduced into the countryside.
Learning workplace lessons from a rodent
We’re not so proud that we can’t admit we look up to beavers. They may not look like the most impressive animals, but they’re game changers for the environment they work in. They’re disruptors — they head to a nondescript patch of river, and they completely transform it for the better.
And that’s exactly what 24 does for a workplace. You choose a corner of the office that isn’t used. We install a micromarket (in no time at all) — and the transformation begins. Your environment is changed for the better, as your people get the food and drink they need, 24/7 — helping them to become eager beavers in their work.
Find out more by visiting our ‘how it works’ page.