Bringing back the beaver to North Norfolk

by Norfolk Rivers Trust in Bayfield, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £6,020

raised so far

+ est. £1166.25 Gift Aid



After an absence of several hundred years, our project will reintroduce native beavers back to the Glaven River in North Norfolk.

by Norfolk Rivers Trust in Bayfield, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 17th May 2021 we'd raised £6,000 with 114 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Every pound we raise over our initial target will be spent on ongoing maintenance costs and also fund further research by local university students. 

For thousands of years humans and beavers co-existed in North Norfolk and signs of our shared heritage can still be seen, including beavers on village signs and the discovery of giant beaver fossils along the coast.

Beavers were hunted to extinction in Norfolk as recently as 400 years ago and with their disappearance we lost an important part of our natural heritage, alongside a species pivotal in maintaining the health of our freshwater ecosystems.

Our exciting project will reintroduce beavers into a fully secure 6 hectare enclosure within the upper reaches of the river Glaven in North Norfolk.

Norfolk Rivers Trust have already completed the majority of the project, including securing the land, completing a feasibility study, raising funding for fencing the enclosure and submitting the licence application to Natural England.

We're now looking to raise the final amount required to secure a pair of UK health checked beavers, and also to expand our research and maintenance programme.

In return for your donations we have a range of rewards on offer, including naming the beavers, attending the exclusive release event and receiving a wood cutting from these industrious animals!

For more information please visit our website: 


This project offered rewards

£1,500 or more

Name one of the beavers!

You will get the opportunity to name one of the beavers!

£15 or more

A beaver wood chip!

We'll send you a wood chip from our beavers! A great gift for children (and adults!!)

£35 or more

Professional Glaven beaver photograph

You'll receive a professional 8*10 photograph of the Glaven beavers

£50 or more

Signed copy of "Bringing back the beaver" by Derek

Receive a signed hardback copy of the brilliant and very funny "Bringing Back the Beaver" book by Derek Gow.

£75 or more

Sponsor a beaver!

Receive a certificate and an annual email update on your beaver!

£100 or more

Join a researcher for a monitoring session

Spend a morning with one of the researchers studying the Glaven beavers! (maximum group size 8)

£250 or more

Attend the beaver release

A once in a lifetime historic opportunity to witness the beavers released into their enclosure (this rewards allows access to the event for one person)

£250 or more

Photography session

A photography session within the enclosure inside a canvas pop up hide. You can choose from a morning or afternoon session (c. 4 hours)

£300 or more

Guided tour inside the beaver enclosure

A guided tour inside the beaver enclosure for up to four people, led by a member of Norfolk Rivers Trust (c. 2 hours in duration).

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