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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Our supporters

The Scottish Beaver Trial has received generous financial support from a range of sources including:

Biffa Award people's trust for endangered species
People's postcode lottery
Species action framework


This support has enabled the Trial to fully monitor the health of the beavers and their habitat using the latest equipment; employ an Education Ranger to work directly with the local community; and develop interpretation resources for visitors to the Trial site. 

The Scottish Beaver Trial still needs to raise over £200,000 in order to fulfill its aspirations. Your support for the Trial is essential to us and every penny goes directly to ensuring the beavers can make the most of their new home in Knapdale.

Click here to read how you can support this unique conservation project today.

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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Comments of support

"I welcome the return of beavers to Knapdale. Beavers are fascinating creatures famed for their industrious habits, and their arrival to Knapdale is certainly creating a booming industry for local businesses." - Local businessman Darren Dobson, owner of the Cairnbaan Hotel

With thanks to

Beaver Trial Supporters
People's Postcode Lottery

See our other supporters

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust