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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Planning your visit

Directions to the Trial site

Knapdale Forest is west of Lochgilphead in the Heart of Argyll. From Lochgilphead, follow the road to Oban (A816) for two miles. Take the left fork, through Cairnbaan and continue on this road for three miles, until you see the left turn for Tayvallich. Take this road (B8025) for a mile and then take the fork to the left. The Barnluasgan car park is immediately on the left.

Click here to download a map of the Trial area.

Wildlife and history in Argyll

Knapdale Forest is one of the most stunning parts of Scotland and is home to some of the country’s most spectacular wildlife.

As well as being the home of the Scottish Beaver Trial, this stunning landscape boasts Atlantic woodlands (containing internationally important mosses and lichens), beautiful coastlines, hills and glens.

Beavers also share this landscape with red squirrels, ospreys, otters and eagles. Visible signs of thousands of years of human occupation can also be seen in the area, including prehistoric forts where ancient kings were crowned.

Click here for details of walks, picnic sites, cycle routes and points of interests within Knapdale Forest.

Click here to be inspired by the many other attractions in the local area.

Click here for information about places to stay in and around Argyll.

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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