Beaver Trust and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are working in partnership to bring a new beaver enclosure and associated education hub to Heligan Gardens, near Mevagissey. Beavers are being reintroduced to Britain and are recognised as a force of nature, an impactful keystone species that re-engineers streams to form vitally important and diverse wetland habitat with benefits to both wildlife and humans. Beavers, and the wetlands they create, are hugely engaging creatures that necessitate systems thinking and are without doubt a tool in our resilience building against climate breakdown.
But they also offer an exciting opportunity to engage young people in nature. Through the partnership we want to connect more children with wildlife and outdoor education, using this new area as a nature-based learning space, in particular targeting children who aren't already likely to visit wild places. We would like to build a group of interested, local schools and partnerships to explore what barriers might exist for these children and see whether we can help overcome some of them.
Beaver Trust is applying to the Green Recovery Challenge Fund round 2 in support of this project, as a direct fund for nature connection, skills building and ecosystem restoration. The project would begin in September 2021, with school visits available from Spring 2022.
Please contact us if you would like further information or if you are interested in school participation.