Beaver Enclosure Tour

Beaver Enclosure Tour
Venture inside our beaver enclosure with a guide in search of signs of beaver activity and discover how they’re transforming the habitat.

About the 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, boost biodiversity, alleviate flooding, and capture 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 two-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.

Beavers are rarely active during the daytime so the aim of this event will not be to see the beavers themselves but to discover the signs they leave behind and why they’re here at Idle Valley Nature Reserve.

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 in the car park on Chainbridge Lane just before the start of the tour.

Google Maps coordinates: 53°21’51.7″N 0°56’33.0″W

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Written directions: From Mattersey Road, head east on Daneshill Road through Lound. At the crossroads, continue straight onto Chainbridge Lane. Continue straight as the road surface changes to loose stone for 200-300m. Just passed a red gate on your left you’ll see the car park on your right.

Tours at 10:30am and 1:30pm.

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Event Details

Start Date

February 25, 2024

End Date

February 25, 2024



Event Organiser


Elliott Keane

Venue Address

Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Chainbridge Lane, Lound, Retford, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire

Start Time

10:30 am

End Time

12:30 pm



Email Address

Phone Number

0115 972 1777