Frequently Asked Questions

Why are beavers being reintroduced in Scotland?  What are the benefits of the Trial to the local environment? The Scottish Beaver Trial raises many questions due to the iconic nature of beavers as ecosystem engineers.

The foundations of the Scottish Beaver Trial are built upon vast amounts of research into beaver ecology. Beaver reintroductions have successfully taken place in 24 European countries and during the Scottish Beaver Trial, new and original data will be collated to provide further information about the impact of beavers on the local environment - as well as the local economy.

We have compiled our research and put together a series of answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Scottish Beaver Trial. Click on the links below to find out more about the reintroduction of beavers in Scotland.

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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    Beavers are back in Scotland!

    On 24 November 2016, the Scottish Government made the landmark announcement that beavers are to remain in Scotland. This is the first time that a mammal has been formally reintroduced in UK history.

    The trial population of beavers remains in Knapdale, and the Scottish Beaver partners are now focussing their efforts on re-enforcing this population to ensure its long term future.

    Boosting the Knapdale beaver population

    For updates on the beaver re-enforcement project, please visit the website of the Scottish Wildlife Trust or the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland by clicking on the adjacent logos.

    The Scottish Beaver Trial website

    Now that the Trial has ended, this website will no longer be updated. However, if you would like to browse our historical records on the website, please click the button to continue.

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