‘Beavers can thrive in an urban context’
UK - An extraordinary initiative near Brompton Technology's West London headquarters has heralded the return of beavers to the area for the first time in four centuries.
The Ealing Beaver Project aims to demonstrate how beavers can thrive in an urban context while also revitalising the landscape and cost-effectively mitigating flood risk. It is a joint project between Ealing Wildlife Group (EWG), Citizen Zoo, Friends of Horsenden Hill and Ealing Council, supported by the Beaver Trust and the Mayor of London.
Three years of planning came to fruition when a family of five beavers was released at Paradise Fields in Greenford. EWG has been fund-raising in the lead-up to this pivotal ecological milestone, and Brompton Technology has joined forces to amplify the awareness around the beaver project's crowdfunding campaign, vowing to match the funds raised up to their £10k target.
Brompton’s CEO, Richard Mead, says: “As a local resident I’ve enjoyed following and participating in activities with Ealing Wildlife Group for several years. The reintroduction of beavers at Paradise Fields is a really exciting demonstration of rewilding in an urban setting, and Brompton is delighted to be able to support such an important community-led project.”
Dr Sean McCormack, a vet and conservationist, and chair of EWG, adds: “We hope to show that beavers can live in urban landscapes, they can improve biodiversity and mitigate flood risk in urban river catchments.” He says that they want to “demonstrate that living alongside nature is really important especially in diverse, urban communities where access to nature may be more difficult.” 
Brompton’s technology finds its way onto the world stage through extensive use on global tours featuring artists like Taylor Swift, Metallica, and Ed Sheeran, as well as gracing the biggest televised award shows such as the Oscars. Brompton is also at the heart of the virtual production revolution in using LED screens instead of green screen for TV and film production, with its Tessera LED processing.
Using LED screens in virtual production offers an eco-friendly alternative to conventional filmmaking methods. Brompton’s key role in championing this new approach has recently been recognised with an Engineering, Science and Technology Emmy Award from the Television Academy.
“Our team will be collecting this prestigious award at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 18 October,” concludes Mead. “We want to celebrate this award with our local community and can think of no better way than by supporting this exciting project.”

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