FAQ: Can I come and see the beavers?

Visitors are welcome to explore the site of the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale Forest. A ‘Beaver Detective Trial’ has now been established around one of the lochs where the activities of its resident beaver family are most visible. Signs of beaver activity including felled and regenerating trees, stripped branches  and a beaver dam, can now all be spotted as part of a family friendly day out.  At the beginning of the Trail further information about the project can be found at the Barnluasgan Information Centre. If you visit in the early morning or early evening, you may even get to see a beaver!

Whilst we do encourage visitors to the site, the Scottish Beaver Trial is first and foremost a scientific study. The aim of the project is to explore how beavers cope naturally in the Scottish environment – and to learn more about natural beaver behavior. To help our studies, we ask you to follow the marked Beaver Detective Trail and keep a respectful distance from the animals. Once disturbed, beavers return to the lodges and hide away.

We have received many visitors to the site already and we hope to see many more people visiting throughout the rest of the project.

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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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