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 can you help?

The Scottish Beaver Trial invites you to support the project in various ways:


The Scottish Beaver Trial is still active on the ground in Knapdale and any donation is welcomed to help support this. Click here to donate online today and become a beaver supporter.


With lots of work to be done on the ground monitoring the beavers, there are opportunities for volunteers with relevant experience to help with field work. We're also looking for volunteers to assist with our ever expanding education and events programme. Click here to find out more.


You can 'like' and 'follow' the Scottish Beaver Trial on Facebook and Twitter. Receive regular updates direct from the Field team, share this news with friends online and help to spread the word about this exciting conservation project. Click on the links at the top of the page.


Visit the Trial site and support Argyll's local economy. Plan your visit to Knapdale here.



Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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Comments of support

"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

With thanks to

Beaver Trial Supporters
People's Postcode Lottery

See our other supporters

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust