Beavers were re-introduced to Willington Wetlands in 2021. Volunteers are helping monitor changes in the reserve’s wetlands, as a result of beavers’ landscaping, as well as changes in the site’s dragonfly populations.

After 800 years, beavers are back in Derbyshire!  Our beaver families will play a really big part in making Willington wilder. They enjoy over 40 hectares of wetland habitat, within a special beaver-proof fence. Egginton Brook flows through the beaver zone, and the native plants and trees offer our beavers all the food variety they need to thrive.


Find out more about the project on the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust page.

If you would like to volunteer you can contact their team on 01773 881188 or at 


Image by Nick Upton