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