Calls for support as trust plans to reintroduce beavers in Notts after 400 years

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A Nottinghamshire trust has called on the public to help create a ‘beaver paradise’ at its largest site where the animals are being reintroduced after 400 years.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is calling on the public to help raise funds so it can create the new habitat at Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford.

The plan will see at least four beavers released into a 55-hectare enclosure over the summer in what will mark more than 400 years since beavers were extinct in the county.

Across the British Isles in the 16th century, beavers were hunted to extinction as they were sought for their fur, meat, and scent glands.

Speaking about the project, chief executive Paul Wilkinson said: “With its vast open skies and abundant wildlife across wetland, woodland and meadows, the Idle Valley Nature Reserve is by far our most exciting site in terms of its potential for habitat restoration.

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