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Beaver babies in Cheshire for the first time in over 400 years!

Posted: 19/07/22

Cheshire Wildlife Trust are delighted to announce that a new young beaver has been spotted at Hatchmere Nature Reserve in Delamere. This sighting confirms that beavers have bred in Cheshire for the first time in over 400 years!

This young beaver – known as a kit – is the offspring of a pair of Eurasian beavers named Rowan and Willow, who were released into an enclosed site adjacent to Hatchmere nature reserve back in November 2020 as part of a five-year project.

Since their release, the pair have transformed a key area into a wetland haven with dams and lodges. The beavers natural behaviour in creating dams and holding water is encouraging previously unseen species into the area such as Kingfisher, stoats and a whole host of waterfowl.

Kevin Feeney, Reserves Manager for Hatchmere says: “The future of Hatchmere nature reserve is looking very positive since we released Rowan and Willow into back in 2020s. The dams and wetlands they have created are helping us to reach our project aims to improve water quality within the catchment and help reverse the decline in Cheshire’s Wildlife.

Monitoring is ongoing, the public’s support is inspiring and the arrival of the first beaver kit to be born in Cheshire for over 400 years is a real milestone that couldn’t have been achieved without our supporters.”

Article taken from Cheshire Wildlife Trust and can be found here.