Our intrepid SWT reporter, Walter Vole, caught up with Bruce last weekend at the annual agricultural show for all of Mid-Argyll. This was Bruce’s second appearance since deciding to get out there and meet the public who’ve shown so much support for the trial.
Hi Bruce what made you choose this show?
I was at the Crinan Water Festival a couple of weeks ago Walter, as it was only a short swim from home. I was very nervous at first and there was a bit of tail-slapping but I soon got over it and really enjoyed myself. When I heard about the Mid-Argyll Show I thought it would be good to pop into Lochgilphead and meet some new folk, particularly the area’s farmers.
How did it go?
It was fantastic! I really enjoyed meeting all the animals as well as the humans. In fact Speedy the tortoise, Edward the alpaca and Hettie the highland cow have promised to keep in touch.
It’s great that you got on with all the new animals Bruce but you shouldn’t be surprised, I hear you’ve improved things for lots of your neighbours since moving into Knapdale.
Kind of you to say so Walter, but yes, we’ve noticed a big increase in some of our watery friends around the lodge of late, frogs and newts, dragonflies, ducks and bats to name a few. Also I was chatting to Harry the heron yesterday and apparently the fishing has been great recently. Can’t see the attraction of fish myself, never touch the stuff. Give me some willow bark or alder leaves any day.
So what about the humans Bruce? What did they make of the new animal at the show?
Well a lot of people were surprised at how big I was and I have to admit a few of the human kits seemed a bit scared at first. But once I showed off a few of my sharper dance moves, I soon had then on my side and smiling. I bet you didn’t know beavers could dance Walter?
Have to say you’ve kept that one a secret Bruce!
A lot of people didn’t even realise I could stand on my back legs Walter, so that must have come as a surprise.
I’m sure it did Bruce. And what about your friends at the SWT tent? Did they have a good time?
They were really busy all day answering loads of questions about how we’re getting on, how we build lodges and dams, what time it’s best to pop down and see us, how to book on to one of the beaver walks, all sorts of stuff.
And did they come with you round the show Bruce?
They were super Walter. I don’t really like to talk about it, but my eyesight isn’t that good and I didn’t want to bump into anyone, so it was great to have the guys around. There’s nothing wrong with my sense of smell though and I guess there must have been other beavers there because I’m sure I could smell wood-shavings. My hearing’s not bad either and folk must have really enjoyed the show as by the end of the day they were singing in one of the tents.
I heard that you caused a bit of panic at the pole-climbing competition Bruce?
Oh come on Walter; that was all a misunderstanding! I was only looking at the pole; there was no way I was going to chop that one down. For a start it had no leaves on it and it was pine, we beavers aren’t too fond of pine. Now if it had been aspen, well…
We’ll just have to make sure there are aspen burgers for sale next year Bruce?
Brilliant idea Walter. Next year I’ll bring Sheila and the kits, they’d love it.
Was it good to get back to the lodge at the end of the day Bruce?
I have to admit it was Walter. Like you I never really feel that safe if I’m any distance away from water. I’m glad the SWT guys gave me a lift home, as I was exhausted.
It was great talking to you again Bruce and we’ll catch up again at another of your public appearances.
Sure Walter that would be cool.