ALMOST 500 names were put forward by local schoolchildren and members of the public for two beavers living at Hatchmere Nature Reserve.
And today – International Beaver Day – Cheshire Wildlife Trust revealed the names that have been chosen.
The male has been named Rowan – a name submitted by nine-year-old Leo Spencer, from Delamere CE Primary Academy, while the female has been named Willow – a name chosen by a member of the public.
Leo said: “I chose the name after finding out Rowan was a type of tree that grows near water so one that the beavers in Hatchmere might cut down to make a dam. I hope I get to see Rowan and the female oneday.”
The names were chosen by Kev Feeney, who is leading the beaver project at Hatchmere.
He said: We were overwhelmed by the response to the naming competition. People had obviously put a lot of thought into their names and told us some really touching stories behind their choices, which were lovely to read.
“It was really difficult to choose but after lots of consideration and some help from the team at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, we picked Rowan and Willow.
“They’re both beautiful trees and I think they suit the beavers perfectly.”
Bringing beavers back to Cheshire is part of an ambitious five-year project that aims to prove that beavers are fantastic for nature in the UK. Wildlife Trust supporters have raised just over half of the £85,000 required, however £42,000 is still needed to look after the beavers and monitor the effect they’re having on Hatchmere’s wetlands
People are still able to be part of bringing beavers back to Cheshire by making a donation to the beaver appeal. Donations can be made through the website