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 else is happening with beavers in the UK?

The Scottish Beaver Trial is just one initiative to reintroduce beavers to the UK. Proposals to reintroduce the beaver to both England and Wales are also being developed independently of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Members of the Scottish Beaver Trial team have provided expertise to these organisations following their experience of managing the UK's first official mammal reintroduction.

Further information about beaver reintroduction proposals can be found by clicking on the following links:

Beaver Advisory Committee for England

Independent information and advice about the reintroduction of beavers into England.

Welsh Beaver Project

Investigating the feasibility of bringing wild beavers back to Wales.

Scottish Natural Heritage

A library of published research on beaver reintroductions.

Stories about escaped beavers in different parts of the country are also sometimes in the news. These beavers have either escaped from private collections or have been deliberately and illegally released and are not connected to the government-licensed Scottish Beaver Trial.

The Scottish Beaver Trial's project partners, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, are committee members of the Tayside Beaver Study Group (chaired by Scottish Natural Heritage). The Scottish Government announced in March 2012 that the Tayside beaver population would be monitored until the end of the official, licensed Scottish Beaver Trial in 2014, when the future of beavers in Scotland will be decided upon.



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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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