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 role of Scottish Natural Heritage?

Scottish Natural Heritage was tasked by the Scottish Government to co-ordinate the independent scientific monitoring of the Trial. They reported on whether or not the licence conditions were being met on the ground. Now that the Trial has ended, Scottish Natural Heritage have reported their findings to the Scottish Government who will now decide what the future holds for the beavers in Knapdale Forest.

Scottish Natural Heritage chaired the independent Research and Monitoring Coordination Group, who advised and authorized all scientific monitoring projects associated with the trial. The outputs of the scientific monitoring are now available on an independent Scottish Natural Heritage website. Click here to read the latest publications.




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