Beaver appeal

Can you bring beavers back to Cheshire?

We're bringing beavers back to Cheshire after 400 years, but we need your help!

Hatchmere’s precious wetlands are dying, but beavers can help save these special habitats!

As part of a five-year 'nature-led' project, a pair of beavers will be released into a 4.5 hectare enclosure to save and restore the wetland ecosystem at Hatchmere Nature Reserve.

But we need your help to do this.

Your donation will help bring beavers back to Cheshire

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We’re over the moon! We’ve hit our target of £30,000!

We reached our target just 18 days after announcing our appeal to bring beavers back to Cheshire.  The response from our members, other supporters and the general public has been fantastic.  A huge thank you to everybody who has donated.

This means that we can give the contractors the green light.  They can start work on the beaver-proof fence at Hatchmere and there’s every chance that our pair of beavers can be released into their new enclosure this October.

So what next?

But the work doesn’t stop there.  Once the pair of beavers have been safely moved to their new Cheshire home, there’s a big job to do.   If you’d like to be part of this exciting project to bring beavers back to Cheshire, we still need your help.

This is a five-year project which hopes to see Hatchmere’s precious wetlands restored by beavers.  We need to look after the beavers and carefully monitor the effects that they have on Hatch Mere lake and the surrounding habitats. 

We will be working with local universities and beaver experts to help us with this work.   There will be regular checks on the enclosure and the health of the beavers.  We’ll be checking the quality of the water and monitoring other wildlife at Hatchmere including breeding birds, bats, aquatic invertebrates and the rare plants and mosses that make this site so special. We will also be running regular events so that we can share the work that beavers are doing on site.

What’s the cost?

From the moment the beavers arrive, it will cost us £17,000 each year (that’s a total cost of £85,000) to look after the beavers and to monitor the effects they’re having on Hatchmere’s wetlands.    

We have every hope that this exciting five-year project will pave the way for further beaver reintroductions in Cheshire and across the UK!
 

Can you help bring beavers back to Cheshire?

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We’re really excited to be bringing beavers back to Cheshire after being absent from our waterways for so long. Beavers are a natural and sustainable solution to managing habitats. We spend a lot of time and managing sites for nature, which beavers do better and cheaper. The beavers will be a huge benefit to Delamere.
Kev Feeney
Hatchmere Living Landscape Officer
Kev Feeney

Your donation will help bring beavers back to Cheshire

£

We hope that Hatchmere will be ready to receive our beavers this October or soon after. There’s every chance we could see the first beaver kits (newborns) here next year.

We’ll let all supporters know about the beaver release date and if you’re a member, you’ll be entered into a special Lucky Dip to witness the live release with us.

Thank you so much for caring about your local natural landscapes and wildlife as much as we do here.

Why Hatchmere Nature Reserve?

  • Man-made problems are destroying rare habitats at Hatchmere Nature Reserve, and killing aquatic life in the wetlands and in Hatch Mere lake.
  • Peat bogs are delicate habitats which need nutrient-poor water. But the brook flowing into the site has become far too rich and nutrient-packed, so the peat bog plants and animals are losing their fight for survival.
  • Invasive species like nettles and bramble are thriving on the rich water supply – reducing sunlight and accelerating the loss of peat bog life.

Why beavers?

  • Beavers are nature’s finest ‘wetland engineers’, driven by instinct and the relentless desire to create their ideal breeding grounds.
  • Beaver dams would raise water levels across the meadows downstream, turning them into a giant water filter. That means purer water for Hatch Mere, which in turn flows out to the River Weaver, on its way to the Mersey and finally the sea.
  • By removing trees and creating standing deadwood, the beavers allow more light to reach the woodland floor. This, along with their digging activities, creates ideal conditions for insects to thrive, in turn attracting a variety of native mammals and birds.
  • The pools help settle river-borne sediment, which keeps the downstream water cleaner…creating ideal conditions for fish to spawn.
  • Cleaner water will then flow out into the neighbouring SSSI – so Hatch Mere and its surrounding peat bog habitats can at last begin to recover.

How much have we raised so far?

We've reached our £30,000 target! Check back here for updates on our running total.