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: How big are Eurasian beavers?

Beavers can grow to the size of a tubby spaniel, they usually weigh between 16–30kg, measuring 60–90cm in body length, with tail lengths of 20-35cm. It is hard to tell the sex of a beaver from its appearance. Unusually for mammals, female beavers are the same size or slightly larger than males of the same age. Beavers are uniquely adapted for a semi-aquatic lifestyle, with a sleek waterproof coat, large flattened muscular tail and webbed hind feet to provide propulsion underwater. Beaver family group copyright Jonathan Usher Smith






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