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 much did the project cost and where did the money come from?

Scottish Beaver Trial Budget

The core cost of the Scottish Beaver Trial was approximately £2 million over seven years (2008-2015). Estimated costs rose since the initial development of the plan due to increased costs during the process of capturing and transporting the beavers from Norway to Scotland, additional monitoring programmes and addressing issues raised during the consultation.

Where is the money coming from?

Click on the following links to see an illustrated overview of the Scottish Beaver Trial budget:

Sources of income

Details of how the Scottish Beaver Trial was funded.

Budget expenditure

A breakdown of how the Scottish Beaver Trial budget was distributed across the project.

Adopt a beaver!

Project partners, Scottish Wildlife Trust and The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, have led an effort to raise awareness of the Scottish Beaver Trial and appeal for public support. The Scottish Beaver Trial has received generous donations from both individual members of the public and funders, including Biffaward, People's Postcode Lottery and the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

The Scottish Beaver Trial is still active on the ground in Knapdale and we welcome donations to help support this work. There are various ways you can help the Trial from making a donation to adopting a beaver! Click here to support the Scottish Beaver Trial today.

 

 

 

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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Comments of support

"Welcoming beavers back to Scotland marks a historic day for conservation, and it is particularly apt they are returning in this, the year of Homecoming." - MSP Roseanna Cunningham

With thanks to

Beaver Trial Supporters
People's Postcode Lottery
PTES

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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust