Beaver Watching Tour

Beaver Watching Tour

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Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Chainbridge Lane Car Park

Idle Valley Nature Reserves

Chainbridge Lane


DN22 8SB

United Kingdom

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Venture inside our beaver enclosure with a guide at dusk in search of signs of beaver activity and have a chance to see the beavers!

About this event

Idle Valley Nature Reserve is the home of Nottinghamshire's only beavers!

Beavers are slowly being reintroduced to the UK in a number of different locations. They're known as keystone species and ecosystem engineers, famous for their ability to transform landscapes, boosting biodiversity, alleviating flooding and capturing carbon.

At around 60 hectares, our beaver enclosure is the largest in the UK, with space for not just a couple of beavers but up to 18 - that's 3 families of 6 in three separate territories!

Join us for an exclusive 2 hour guided tour inside the enclosure. Venturing through the beaver’s tangled wetland world, you’ll see clear signs of their activity such as tree felling, damming, lodge building, debarking and digging. You’ll also spot some of the other wildlife benefiting from their efforts.

Your guide will share with you a brief history of beavers in the UK and their fascinating biology and behaviour as well as how and why they were reintroduced to Idle Valley NR.

For the final part of the tour you'll be settling in a good spot for a chance of seeing the animals themselves. The beavers are free to move around the 60ha site as they wish so we can’t guarantee a sighting but your guide’s local knowledge will certainly give you the best chance. Seeing beaver signs is amazing in its own right!

Please be aware, while we would love this event to be accessible for all, the enclosure is large with no defined paths so participants should be able to walk a couple of miles on uneven terrain. There are also no toilets near the enclosure.

Our beaver enclosure is approximately 3 miles from the visitor centre at Idle Valley Nature Reserve so the group will not be meeting there. Instead, please meet us on Chainbridge Lane at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

Google Maps coordinates: 53°21'47.6"N 0°55'46.1"W

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Written directions: From Mattersey Rd, head East on Daneshill Rd through Lound. At the crossroads, continue straight onto Chainbridge Lane. As the road surface changes to loose stone, continue straight for around half a mile. We will be entering through the gate on your left (north side on the lane) just before the bridge over the River Idle. Please park on the side of the lane in a wide area to allow other vehicles to pass. There is also some space for parking just over the bridge.

We look forward to your visit.

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