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FAQ: What was the role of Scottish Natural Heritage?

Scottish Natural Heritage was tasked by the Scottish Government to co-ordinate the independent scientific monitoring of the Trial. They reported on whether or not the licence conditions were being met on the ground. Now that the Trial has ended, Scottish Natural Heritage have reported their findings to the Scottish Government who will now decide what the future holds for the beavers in Knapdale Forest.

Scottish Natural Heritage chaired the independent Research and Monitoring Coordination Group, who advised and authorized all scientific monitoring projects associated with the trial. The outputs of the scientific monitoring are now available on an independent Scottish Natural Heritage website. Click here to read the latest publications.



 

 

 

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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 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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