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Cheshire Wildlife Trust Needs You - £5,400 Raised So Far

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Cheshire Wildlife Trust needs your support.

They are hoping to release a pair of Beavers into Cheshire, right here on The Ridge.

The project which has been three years in the making, will represent the 10th re-introduction of Beavers into England, but needs some help with funding for the enclosure fencing.

The Hatchmere site in Delamere Forest, seeks to create a 10 acre fenced beaver zone, through which runs the Hatchmere Brook. The objective is that the beaver colony will then filter the water which runs into the 'Hatch Mere' itself; a site of special scientific interest.

Beavers are a keystone species.

  • They manage the habitat around them
  • They coppice trees
  • They create dams
  • Their work creates clean water and reduces flooding downstream
  • The work of beavers also creates a new wetland habitat, rich in plant diversity

Take a look at the clip (below) with Kev Feeney, the Living Landscapes Manager and Site Reserve Manager at Hatchmere.

Time is tight to ensure that this is completed before the winter.

  • The Beaver-proof fencing needs to be installed
  • The Beavers need to be released
  • The Beavers need to establish their winter food sources