Idle Valley Beaver Enclosure Tour (11th Dec 10am)

Lake at Idle Valley

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Idle Valley Beaver Enclosure Tour (11th Dec 10am)

Location: Idle Valley Chainbridge Lane Car Park, Chainbridge Lane
Retford, Nottinghamshire
Fully booked
Venture inside our beaver enclosure with a guide in search of signs of beaver activity and discover how they’re transforming the habitat.

Event details

Meeting point

Chainbridge Lane Car Park


10:00am - 12:00pm
A static map of Idle Valley Beaver Enclosure Tour (11th Dec 10am)

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, boosting biodiversity, alleviating flooding and capturing 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 2 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.

Your guide will share with you a brief history of beavers in the UK and their fascinating biology and behaviour as well as how and why they were reintroduced to Idle Valley NR.

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 NR. 

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.

If you are using Google Maps, you can use these coordinates:

53°21'51.7"N 0°56'33.0"W

If you use What3Words, the address is: ///months.postings.mingles

Otherwise, please follow these directions:

From Mattersey Rd, head East on Daneshill Rd 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.

Please dress for the weather. Long trousers and sleeves are recommended. Wellies are strongly advised. You may wish to bring some insect repellent.

We look forward to your visit.




Suitable for

Families, Children, Adults

Know before you go


Under effective control
Please keep dogs on leads near sheep and cattle on site.


Accessible trails

Contact us

Elliott Kean