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: What is the conservation status of Knapdale Forest and will species in the area continue to be safeguarded?

Knapdale Forest has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its oak woodland, freshwater lochs and the presence of marsh fritillary butterfly and otter. It is also part of a wider Special Area of Conservation.

A scientific monitoring programme, which is integral to the Trial, is assessing the impact beavers are having in Knapdale Forest. The Trial includes adequate safeguards (independently assessed by Scottish Natural Heritage) to protect the natural heritage of the area.

Forestry Commission Scotland is the host partner of the Scottish Beaver Trial and believes that Knapdale Forest is an ideal location to carry out the project as it covers a range of important habitats and biodiversity. The Trial area is also in the heart of a forest which produces timber and provides recreational facilities for people, making it a suitable place to explore how beavers co-exist with forestry operations and the environment.

Click here for further details of the conservation status of the site.



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Forestry Commission Scotland

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