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: Where did the beavers come from?

The beavers were gathered by expert trappers from Telemark University College in Norway, a region with a large and healthy population of wild Eurasian beaver. The Scandinavian beaver is considered to be the closest type to that once found in the UK and the Telemark terrain has many similarities with the west coast of Scotland. All beavers were only released into the Knapdale Forest after completing the statutory quarantine period.

Knapdale Forest, Scotland
Knapdale Forest, Scotland
Telemark, Norway
Telemark, Norway

Watch the video below to learn more about the journey the beavers made from Norway to Scotland:




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