Wilder Willington Phase 2
We did it
On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £2,987 ( + est. £586.25 Gift Aid ) with 86 supporters in 99 days

After 800 years we want to bring beavers back to Derbyshire! We achieved our Stage 1 target but we still need your help on this appeal.

by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in Willington, England, United Kingdom

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the campaign, it means the world to us and our family of beavers!  Please note that due to a glitch, we are currently having issues retrieving your email addresses - if you are waiting for a reward from us, please contact us at [email protected] and we will get this sorted out as soon as possible.  Apologies for any inconveniences this may have caused.

AMAZING NEWS! - Biffa Award have been generous enough to match your fundraising efforts for Phase 2 of our Beaver Campaign.  The beavers need your help one last time - We're hoping to raise as much as we can in one final push to give the beavers the best home possible here in Derbyshire.

After 800 years, we want to bring beavers back to Derbyshire! Our beaver family will play a really important part in making Willington wilder. They will enjoy over 20 acres of Wetland habitat, within a special beaver-proof fence. Egginton Brook flows through the beaver zone, and the native plants and trees will offer our beavers all the food variety they need to thrive.

 The reintroduction of beavers supports our wider rewilding agenda, with the reintroduction of natural processes forming a key aspect of rewilding. Beavers are keystone species, the way that beavers transform their environment has knock-on effects for a huge variety of species, creating spaces for wildlife from the smallest of invertebrates, to otters and birds such as kingfisher and bittern. 

As well as the beavers, we have more exciting plans for Willington Wetlands.  It is such a beautiful site, and we want to share it with as many people as possible.  With this in mind, we would love to create a 5 mile circular walk on site, as well as build a brand new visitor centre and hide so everyone can get up close with nature and hopefully spot a beaver or two!

 We have already raised £35,000 in stage 1 of our appeal to fund the beaver proof fence, we now want to raise £17,400 for the beaver health checks, transport and beaver monitoring costs.

 You can donate directly to the appeal or buy one of our beaver adoption packs from our website .

Thank you for your support


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Childrens Donation

For your generous donation you will receive a certificate and a 'colour me in' beaver picture.

£20 or more

Barmy About Beavers

For £20 you will receive a downloadable booklet all about the introduction of beavers!

£50 or more

Invite To The Beaver Release

For £50 you will receive a downloadable booklet all about the introduction of beavers as well as your invite to the beaver release event!

£200 or more

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Guided Tour Of Willington

For a £200 donation you will get a guided tour of our Willington Wetlands Reserve with a small group of other donators and our Reserve Officer.

£500 or more

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Private Tour of Willington

You and a few chosen friends or family members will receive a private guided tour around the site to see our family of beavers.

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