FAQ: What else is happening with beavers in the UK?

The Scottish Beaver Trial is just one initiative to reintroduce beavers to the UK. Proposals to reintroduce the beaver to both England and Wales are also being developed independently of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Members of the Scottish Beaver Trial team have provided expertise to these organisations following their experience of managing the UK's first official mammal reintroduction.

Further information about beaver reintroduction proposals can be found by clicking on the following links:

Beaver Advisory Committee for England

Independent information and advice about the reintroduction of beavers into England.

Welsh Beaver Project

Investigating the feasibility of bringing wild beavers back to Wales.

Scottish Natural Heritage

A library of published research on beaver reintroductions.

Stories about escaped beavers in different parts of the country are also sometimes in the news. These beavers have either escaped from private collections or have been deliberately and illegally released and are not connected to the government-licensed Scottish Beaver Trial.

The Scottish Beaver Trial's project partners, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, are committee members of the Tayside Beaver Study Group (chaired by Scottish Natural Heritage). The Scottish Government announced in March 2012 that the Tayside beaver population would be monitored until the end of the official, licensed Scottish Beaver Trial in 2014, when the future of beavers in Scotland will be decided upon.



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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