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: What is the European experience of beaver reintroductions?

Reintroductions and translocations of Eurasian beaver have now taken place in 24 European countries. They began in the 1920s in Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Russia and the Ukraine and continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the Netherlands, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and more recently in Spain.

Reintroductions usually involve the release of animals over a number of years to several sites. Most have been successful in terms of breeding, population growth and range expansion.

Over 150 reintroductions have now been undertaken across Europe, most without the detailed monitoring carried out by the Scottish Beaver Trial, but some have been thoroughly studied enabling scientists to predict with confidence the likely pattern of events post reintroduction. More information about European research on beaver reintroductions from our publications page.

Click here for an interesting look at beaver reintroductions from a French perspective.

 

 

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