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 impact did the beavers have in Knapdale Forest?

The purpose of the Scottish Beaver Trial was to assess what impact the beavers had in the forest of Knapdale. Scottish Natural Heritage was the independent body tasked with coordinating the scientific monitoring of the trial.

Forestry Commission Scotland was the host partner of the Scottish Beaver Trial and believed that Knapdale Forest was an ideal location to carry out the project as it covers a range of important habitats and biodiversity. The Trial area was 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, tourism and the environment.

The summary outputs of the scientific monitoring are released on the Scottish Natural Heritage website as they become available from the various Independent Monitoring Partners. Visit Scottish Natural Heritage online now to find out more.

 

 

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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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"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

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