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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Forestry Commission Scotland

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Beavers are back in Scotland!

On 24 November 2016, the Scottish Government made the landmark announcement that beavers are to remain in Scotland. This is the first time that a mammal has been formally reintroduced in UK history.

The trial population of beavers remains in Knapdale, and the Scottish Beaver partners are now focussing their efforts on re-enforcing this population to ensure its long term future.

Boosting the Knapdale beaver population

For updates on the beaver re-enforcement project, please visit the website of the Scottish Wildlife Trust or the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland by clicking on the adjacent logos.

The Scottish Beaver Trial website

Now that the Trial has ended, this website will no longer be updated. However, if you would like to browse our historical records on the website, please click the button to continue.

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