Beavers breed in Cheshire for first time in 400 years

AFTER more than 400 years, beavers are breeding in Cheshire.

The news comes after the Cheshire Wildlife Trust announced the arrival of a new young beaver at Hatchmere Nature Reserve in Delamere. This observation confirms that beavers have successfully bred in the county for the first time in over 400 years.

The young beaver – known as the 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 in November 2020 as part of a five-year project.

Since their release, the couple have transformed a key area into a wetland haven with dams and lodges. The natural behavior of beavers in creating dams and retaining water encourages species not previously seen in the region such as kingfishers, stoats and a host of waterfowl.

Kevin Feeney, Hatchmere Reserves Manager, said: “The future of Hatchmere Nature Reserve has been looking very positive since we released Rowan and Willow in 2020.

“The dams and wetlands they have created are helping us achieve our plan to improve water quality in the catchment and reverse the decline of Cheshire’s wildlife.

“The monitoring is ongoing, the public 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 could not have been achieved without our supporters”

As a charity, Cheshire Wildlife Trust is asking for donations to enable them to continue their work to bring beavers back to Cheshire and monitor all the amazing benefits they have for nature recovery. Anyone wishing to help bring beavers back to Cheshire can show their support by visiting: cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/beaver-appeal.