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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Publications

In this section you will find links to documents published by the Scottish Beaver Trial including publicity leaflets, government correspondence and beaver monitoring information. We have also included links to publications featuring the work of the Trial as well as wider beaver re-introduction research.

Click here to read the final Scottish Beaver Trial report.

Click here to read the full SNH report on the Scottish Beaver Trial.


Knapdale beavers: a visitor's guide

Knapdale beavers: a visitor's guide
Plan your visit to the Scottish Beaver Trial with our free visitor's guide

Knapdale beavers: family tree

Knapdale beavers: A visitor's guide
Learn more about Knapdale's beaver population

Beaver impacts on fish

Knapdale beavers: family tree
Read the Scottish Beaver Trial partners' view on beaver impacts on fish

Response to consultation on Reservoirs Act
commencement and regulations - July 2013

Knapdale beavers: A visitor's guide
Read the Trial's response to the consultation

Scottish Government correspondence:
supplementary animal release approved

Beaver impacts on fish
Response from the Scottish Government granting permission to release supplementary animals under the Trial's licence conditions

Scottish Government correspondence:
supplementary animal release

Scottish Government correspondence: supplementary animal release granted
Letter from the Scottish Beaver Trial to the Scottish Government regarding the release of supplementary animals

Beaver tracking methods

Beaver tracking methods
Details of the tracking methods used to monitor and track the beavers

Quarantine report

Quarantine report
Results of beaver health screenings, following a six-month quarantine period

Scottish Beaver Trial budget: sources of income

Scottish Beaver Trial: sources of income
Financial breakdown illustrating how the Scottish Beaver Trial is funded

Scottish Beaver Trial budget: expenditure

Scottish beaver Trial: expenditure
Details of how the Scottish Beaver Trial budget is distributed across the project

Confirmation of licence

Confirmation of licence
Letter from Scottish Environment Minister, Mike Russell MSP, confirming the decision to return beavers to Scotland on a trial basis

Conditions of licence

Conditions of licence
Conditions imposed of the Scottish Beaver Trial's reintroduction licence

Scottish Beaver Trial licence application

Scottish Beaver Trial licence application
Application submitted to the Scottish Government in 2007 for a licence to reintroduce beavers to Scotland

Economic impacts of the beaver

Economic impacts of the beaver
Discover the potential economic impacts of beaver reintroductions in a report by the University of Oxford

Public consultation report

Public consulation report
Summary of 2007 public consultation in which 73% of local residents were in support of the Trail

Public consultation leaflet

Public consulation leaflet
Leaflet distributed to residents in the Mid-Argyll area seeking their views on a beaver reintroduction

Captive management guidelines

Public consulation leaflet
Guidelines for captive management of the Eurasian beaver, based on experience gained by the contributors from the capture, containment and transport of numerous beavers within Europe over the last 20 years

Scottish Beaver Trial final report

Public consulation leaflet
The story of Britain's first licensed release of beavers into the wild

 

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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Comments of support

"The Scottish Beaver Trial has been widely anticipated in Argyll and Bute. I am fully supportive of the project and look forward to the day when beavers are back in Knapdale Forest." - Councillor Donald MacMillan

With thanks to

Beaver Trial Supporters
People's Postcode Lottery
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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust