The Trust is appealing to its supporters to help bring beavers back to the Trent Valley’s Willington Wetlands reserve for the first time in 800 years. This is part of the Trust’s plans to create a nature recovery network which will extend and improve its Willington Wetlands reserve for more wildlife and visitors to enjoy.
In time, the beavers will create dams to slow the flow of water through the Egginton brook, diverting it onto the wet meadows of the reserve and away from the village of Willington. As well as creating natural flood defences, plants and healthier soils will absorb more carbon and help to reduce its impact on our rapidly changing climate.
The reserve, a former gravel extraction site, is already very popular with bird watchers. The Trust also has plans to extend the reserve, create a new circular footpath with a bridge connecting Willington to the Trent and Mersey canal through the reserve, new wildlife watching screens, hides and information for visitors. This means more people will be able to enjoy the reserve and its wildlife throughout the year.