The scientific monitoring period of the Scottish Beaver Trial came to an end in May 2014. In June 2015, Scottish Natural Heritage published the Beavers in Scotland Report.

On 24 November 2016, the Scottish Government made the landmark announcement that beavers are to remain in Scotland. For more information, please read the joint press release issued by RZSS and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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FAQ: Is there compensation for damage?

It is not anticipated that the beavers will cause any significant economic damage to the property of neighbouring landowners and managers. The project deploys a range of field sign survey techniques and animal observation methods in order to follow the animals' movements.

Should the beavers in the Scottish Beaver Trial cause any damage then project partners, Scottish Wildlife Trust and Royal Zoological Society Scotland both have compensation funds and insurance in place to deal with this.



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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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"This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond ... their reappearance will draw tourists from around the British Isles - and even further afield." - MSP Jim Mather

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