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 happens at the end of the trial?

At the end of the Trial, Scottish Natural Heritage will submit a report to the Scottish Government, based on the findings of the scientific monitoring programme.  The Scottish Government will then decide on the future of beavers in Knapdale Forest. The Government could decide that the Trial needs more time to run in order to provide more information. Alternatively they could decide that beavers have benefited the area and allow for their continued presence or expansion into other parts of Scotland, or the decision could be taken to remove the beavers. If the latter is the case, the project team would implement their exit strategy.

Click here to read the Scottish Beaver Trial's exit strategy.



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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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"The Scottish Beaver Trial has been widely anticipated in Argyll and Bute. I am fully supportive of the project and look forward to the day when beavers are back in Knapdale Forest." - Councillor Donald MacMillan

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