FAQ: How was the Trial managed?

The Scottish Beaver Trial was a partnership project between Scottish Wildlife Trust and The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, with Forestry Commission Scotland as a host partner. The project was managed through a project steering group and various other working groups that were responsible for different aspects of the Trial, from field work through to communications. Click here to see the Scottish Beaver Trial management structure.

Scottish Natural Heritage chaired the independent Research and Monitoring Coordination Group who advised and authorized all scientific monitoring projects associated with the Trial.

A Project Manager coordinated the implementation of the Trial programme. A Field Operations Manager oversaw all operations involving field work at the Trial, beaver welfare and management, and was assisted on the ground by a Field Officer. An Education Ranger engaged with schools and community groups through the delivery of formal and informal education initiatives. Click here to meet the Team.

There was also a  Local Stakeholder Forum chaired by Argyll and Bute Council and ensured that views of local stakeholders were fed into the decision-making process for the Trial. Click here to read minutes from the Local Stakeholder Forum meetings.



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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