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 was the Trial managed?

The Scottish Beaver Trial was a partnership project between Scottish Wildlife Trust and The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, with Forestry Commission Scotland as a host partner. The project was managed through a project steering group and various other working groups that were responsible for different aspects of the Trial, from field work through to communications. Click here to see the Scottish Beaver Trial management structure.

Scottish Natural Heritage chaired the independent Research and Monitoring Coordination Group who advised and authorized all scientific monitoring projects associated with the Trial.

A Project Manager coordinated the implementation of the Trial programme. A Field Operations Manager oversaw all operations involving field work at the Trial, beaver welfare and management, and was assisted on the ground by a Field Officer. An Education Ranger engaged with schools and community groups through the delivery of formal and informal education initiatives. Click here to meet the Team.

There was also a  Local Stakeholder Forum chaired by Argyll and Bute Council and ensured that views of local stakeholders were fed into the decision-making process for the Trial. Click here to read minutes from the Local Stakeholder Forum meetings.



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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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