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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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"Welcoming beavers back to Scotland marks a historic day for conservation, and it is particularly apt they are returning in this, the year of Homecoming." - MSP Roseanna Cunningham

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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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