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 was the purpose and aims of the beaver trial?

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The purpose of the trial was to help us determine whether or not the reintroduction of beavers in Scotland is feasible and beneficial to nature conservation. Our time-limited trial assessed the impact beavers' activities have on the local environment and how well they settled into their new habitat here in Scotland - comparing these with the intensive research and management in mainland Europe.


The Scottish Beaver Trial had five main aims:



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Forestry Commission Scotland

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"The beaver is a missing part of our watery landscapes and has a role to play in the healthy functioning of wetland habitats." - Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive for The Wildlife Trusts

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