FAQ: How were the animals transported to the site?

All of the beavers in the trial have been flown from Norway to Britain in specially designed transport crates. Most of the animals were originally taken to a quarantine facility in Devon where they stayed for a statutory period of six months. More recently imported animals have been quarantined at Edinburgh Zoo. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, who manage Edinburgh Zoo, transport animals from country to country on a regular basis and all transports are carried out with minimal stress to the animal. Beaver reintroduction release Knapdale May 2009

Beavers are carefully driven to the trial area then each release crate is slowly carried by four people to the release point near the loch edge. Each crate contains one animal with water, food and a deep layer of straw, so each beaver is comfortable and doesn't slip around.

Click here to watch the beaver reintroduction releases in Knapdale Forest.



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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.

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