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FAQ: What was the purpose and aims of the beaver trial?

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The purpose of the trial was to help us determine whether or not the reintroduction of beavers in Scotland is feasible and beneficial to nature conservation. Our time-limited trial assessed the impact beavers' activities have on the local environment and how well they settled into their new habitat here in Scotland - comparing these with the intensive research and management in mainland Europe.

 

The Scottish Beaver Trial had five main aims:

 

 

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 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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