FAQ: What is your exit strategy?

An exit strategy is a plan to end the Trial. The stratergy would be implemented if major, insurmountable problems occur. The document is an integral part of the project plan, although the considered opinion is that the project will be successful and that there will be no need to call on an exit strategy.

The reasons for considering implementation of an exit strategy are as follows:

An exit strategy may be implemented through one of the four options below:

  1. Transfer to other reintroduction programmes or ecological research sites.
  2. Housing of animals in zoological collections.
  3. Capturing, neutering and returning animals to live their life span in the wild.
  4. Humane destruction of animals.



Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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    "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

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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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