Last month they launched a competition to name the pair of Eurasian beavers, which were released into an enclosed site at Hatchmere Nature Reserve on the edge of Delamere Forest in November 2020 after being driven to extinction over 400 years ago.
They received almost 500 names from local school children and members of the public.
Rowan has been chosen as the name for the male beaver, which was submitted by Leo Spencer, aged 9 from Delamere C of E Primary Academy, Tarporley. Leo says “I chose the name after finding out Rowan was a type of tree that grows near water so one that the beavers in Hatchmere might cut down to make a dam. I hope I get to see Rowan and the female one day.”
Willow has been chosen as the name for the female beaver, which was submitted by a member of the public.
The winning names were chosen by Kev Feeney, Hatchmere Living Landscape Officer, who is leading the beaver project at Hatchmere.
“We were overwhelmed by the response to the naming competition. People had obviously put a lot of thought into their names and told us some really touching stories behind their choices, which were lovely to read. It was really difficult to choose but after lots of consideration and some help from the team at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, we picked Rowan and Willow. They’re both beautiful trees and I think they suit the beavers perfectly.
We had so many great entries and some of the names were very clever and creative. We had some great puns and ‘Beaver McBeaverface’ and ‘Justin Beaver’ were suggested a few times!
Rowan and Willow are continuing to settle in really well. Their lodge gets bigger every time I visit the enclosure. As always, people can check our website and social media for all of our updates can be part of bringing beavers back to Cheshire. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our competition.”