There were once 200,000 coypu in East Anglia, but trapping campaigns that started in the 1960s eventually eradicated them. Coypu became a major pest, causing serious damage to natural vegetation, and destroying reed beds. They also ate crops such as cereals and particularly sugar beet and other root vegetables. More concerning, they burrowed through flood defences. From the late 1970’s stratergies were employed to eradicate the vermin. In January 1989, no coypu had been caught for 21 months and it was anounced that they had been eradicated.
After thirty years abscence, they’re back. They are by the River Deben. So far we only have sightings, but better evidence will be provided in due course. At first people thought they were big rats. Until one was seen by myself who identified it.
I first contacted Defra to notify them of the return of this invasive non-native species, who told me to contact the environment agency, who after asking me what a coypu was, told me to contact Defra. I decided to contact the Minister of State for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs George Eustice along with Therese Coffey and my district councillor and county councillor. I await for a response.