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 your exit strategy?

An exit strategy is a plan to end the Trial. The stratergy would be implemented if major, insurmountable problems occur. The document is an integral part of the project plan, although the considered opinion is that the project will be successful and that there will be no need to call on an exit strategy.

The reasons for considering implementation of an exit strategy are as follows:

An exit strategy may be implemented through one of the four options below:

  1. Transfer to other reintroduction programmes or ecological research sites.
  2. Housing of animals in zoological collections.
  3. Capturing, neutering and returning animals to live their life span in the wild.
  4. Humane destruction of animals.



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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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"The beaver is a missing part of our watery landscapes and has a role to play in the healthy functioning of wetland habitats." - Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive for The Wildlife Trusts

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