The two adults – a male and female - were captured in Tayside in Scotland earlier this month, following quarantine and health checks at specialised facilities at Five Sister Zoo they were carefully transported to Derbyshire by the Beaver Trust this morning.
The beavers are enclosed within the 46 hectare reserve by 5km of beaver proof fencing and kept a close eye on by volunteers and trail cameras.
Not only is it a reintroduction of a lost species not seen in Derbyshire for 800 years, but beavers are key to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s goal for a wilder Derbyshire.
Kate Lemon, Regional Manager at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said:
“This is such an exciting moment for a wilder Derbyshire – the whole team at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust have been carefully planning this for the last three years and its huge thanks to our Trustees, funders volunteers and supporters that we’re here today.