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 will the beavers have on migratory fish?

This question is raised by people concerned with the potential effects of beaver damming activities on some migratory fish species such as Atlantic salmon and Sea trout. It is an understandable concern for those involved in the angling, fish and river management industries. Like all other evaluation criteria for the Trial, the impact that beavers have on general fish populations in Knapdale will be monitored by independent scientists. In this case, the Argyll Fisheries Trust will report to Scottish Natural Heritage on the matter. This particular issue will not be extensively tested as the Trial site does not contain Atlantic salmon and has a very small number of Sea trout.

It is important to note however that beavers and other native species, including migratory fish and notably salmon, have co-existed naturally for many years in other countries.  The Scottish Beaver Trial’s view of the beaver-salmon issue is outlined on an information sheet which can be read in our publications section.

It is well known, but bears repeating, that beavers are vegetarian and do not eat fish.



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