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: Can I come and see the beavers?

Visitors are welcome to explore the site of the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale Forest. A ‘Beaver Detective Trial’ has now been established around one of the lochs where the activities of its resident beaver family are most visible. Signs of beaver activity including felled and regenerating trees, stripped branches  and a beaver dam, can now all be spotted as part of a family friendly day out.  At the beginning of the Trail further information about the project can be found at the Barnluasgan Information Centre. If you visit in the early morning or early evening, you may even get to see a beaver!

Whilst we do encourage visitors to the site, the Scottish Beaver Trial is first and foremost a scientific study. The aim of the project is to explore how beavers cope naturally in the Scottish environment – and to learn more about natural beaver behavior. To help our studies, we ask you to follow the marked Beaver Detective Trail and keep a respectful distance from the animals. Once disturbed, beavers return to the lodges and hide away.

We have received many visitors to the site already and we hope to see many more people visiting throughout the rest of the project.

Click here to plan your visit.



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