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FAQ: What were the benefits to the local population?

In addition to improving local biodiversity, the reintroduction of the beaver may have also provided opportunities to develop ecotourism to the benefit of rural economies, as has happened on the Isle of Mull with sea eagles.

A study on the economic impacts of the beaver by the University of Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit concluded that "with forethought, prior consultation and planning, a beaver reintroduction should bring significant monetary benefits within the local economy and communities that could greatly outweigh any potential negative impacts.”  Research into the impact of beavers on the local economy around Knapdale Forest was carried out as part of the trial and its results are currently being assessed by the Scottish Government.

Local businesses reported an upturn in business due to interest in the trial increasing visitor numbers to the area.  Local businessman, Darren Dobson, owner of the Cairnbaan Hotel, said:  "As a local businessman, I welcome the return of beavers to Knapdale.  Beavers are fascinating creatures famed for their industrious habits, and their arrival to Knapdale is certainly creating a booming industry for local businesses.  Visitors can now come to the area, enjoy some of Scotland's most beautiful countryside landscapes whilst enjoying fresh local cuisine and have the chance to spot Scotland's first beavers in the wild".

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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 reinforcement 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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