The Martin Mere beavers
After a 500 year absence from Lancashire, in 2007 two European beavers, a male and a female called Twiggy and Woody, became residents at Martin Mere. Their nocturnal activities captured on night vision cameras made them the undisputed stars of Autumnwatch and you can now watch the nightly antics of the beavers through this webcam.
At the moment the beavers are fairly active from 9pm in the evening but it is always weather dependent. We have two cameras in the enclosure so the view will often change.
Special beaver evening events for 2013
Friday 14 June, Friday 26 July, Friday 16 August & Friday 6 September
Starts at 7.30pm till late
These unique events allow a small number of people access to watch the beavers in the evening. You will be accompanied by Alex who looks after the beavers and refreshments are supplied. This event does involve sitting for long periods of time in the lodge and will be unsuitable for children under 12. Please ensure you bring binoculars. To book onto this event please call 01704 895181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Twiggy and Woody have had one kitt in 2012 (that we are aware of), so we now have six beavers in the enclosure as the three that were born in 2011 are still in there. You will often see them out playing together and you can physically see the size difference to see if you can spot the parents, last years young or this years.
What you may see
Beavers have a lot of unusual habits and you will see some of them on this webcam. They include:
- Diving: The access to the lodge is underwater to make it secure from predators so you will often see them diving to acess the lodge
- Carrying food: We do put a selection of vegetables and willow in the enclosure everyday and you will see the beavers carrying vegetables in their mouth or large branches that they may leave outside the lodge
- Tail slap: You may see the beavers slapping their tail and then dive. This is a form of communication between the beavers when they sense danger
- Blocking pipes: On the right hand side there is an inflow pipe and you will often see them blocking this up to create a dam
Beavers, the world's second largest rodent, are one of nature's engineers excavating canals and building dams and lodges of branch and earth. The display at Martin Mere is the only attraction in the North West where visitors can see a beaver's natural habitat.blog comments powered by Disqus