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 is there to do at the Trial site?

Start you day discovering more about beavers and their return to Scotland at the Barnluasgan Information Centre and car park. From here, it is a ½ mile walk down to the Dubh Loch where you can begin your beaver detective work! Turn left and walk on the right hand side of the road (please be careful of traffic) and then take the pathway on the right. Head through the gate and follow this path down to the loch. Once at the loch-side, the full 3 mile Beaver Detective Trial is signposted if you wish to continue further with your walk.

At the Dubh Loch, you can have fun with all the family spotting the signs of beaver activity and look out across the loch from a floating pontoon. If you are lucky, you may spot a beaver around dusk or dawn.

The 3 mile Trail is a moderately challenging walk mostly on forest trails and paths which takes on average two hours to complete. There are occasional wet or muddy sections and a short section of public road. There are sign-posts around the loch for you to follow. Knapdale Forest is a beautiful and rugged place; please be prepared by wearing hiking boots and midge repellent.

Click here for directions to the Scottish Beaver Trail.

Click here for lots of fun, family activities to bring along on your visit.




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