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 were the animals transported to the site?

All of the beavers in the trial have been flown from Norway to Britain in specially designed transport crates. Most of the animals were originally taken to a quarantine facility in Devon where they stayed for a statutory period of six months. More recently imported animals have been quarantined at Edinburgh Zoo. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, who manage Edinburgh Zoo, transport animals from country to country on a regular basis and all transports are carried out with minimal stress to the animal. Beaver reintroduction release Knapdale May 2009

Beavers are carefully driven to the trial area then each release crate is slowly carried by four people to the release point near the loch edge. Each crate contains one animal with water, food and a deep layer of straw, so each beaver is comfortable and doesn't slip around.

Click here to watch the beaver reintroduction releases in Knapdale Forest.



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"I welcome the return of beavers to Knapdale. Beavers are fascinating creatures famed for their industrious habits, and their arrival to Knapdale is certainly creating a booming industry for local businesses." - Local businessman Darren Dobson, owner of the Cairnbaan Hotel

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