Publications

In this section you will find links to documents published by the Scottish Beaver Trial including publicity leaflets, government correspondence and beaver monitoring information. We have also included links to publications featuring the work of the Trial as well as wider beaver re-introduction research.

Click here to read the final Scottish Beaver Trial report.

Click here to read the full SNH report on the Scottish Beaver Trial.


Knapdale beavers: a visitor's guide

Knapdale beavers: a visitor's guide
Plan your visit to the Scottish Beaver Trial with our free visitor's guide

Knapdale beavers: family tree

Knapdale beavers: A visitor's guide
Learn more about Knapdale's beaver population

Beaver impacts on fish

Knapdale beavers: family tree
Read the Scottish Beaver Trial partners' view on beaver impacts on fish

Response to consultation on Reservoirs Act
commencement and regulations - July 2013

Knapdale beavers: A visitor's guide
Read the Trial's response to the consultation

Scottish Government correspondence:
supplementary animal release approved

Beaver impacts on fish
Response from the Scottish Government granting permission to release supplementary animals under the Trial's licence conditions

Scottish Government correspondence:
supplementary animal release

Scottish Government correspondence: supplementary animal release granted
Letter from the Scottish Beaver Trial to the Scottish Government regarding the release of supplementary animals

Beaver tracking methods

Beaver tracking methods
Details of the tracking methods used to monitor and track the beavers

Quarantine report

Quarantine report
Results of beaver health screenings, following a six-month quarantine period

Scottish Beaver Trial budget: sources of income

Scottish Beaver Trial: sources of income
Financial breakdown illustrating how the Scottish Beaver Trial is funded

Scottish Beaver Trial budget: expenditure

Scottish beaver Trial: expenditure
Details of how the Scottish Beaver Trial budget is distributed across the project

Confirmation of licence

Confirmation of licence
Letter from Scottish Environment Minister, Mike Russell MSP, confirming the decision to return beavers to Scotland on a trial basis

Conditions of licence

Conditions of licence
Conditions imposed of the Scottish Beaver Trial's reintroduction licence

Scottish Beaver Trial licence application

Scottish Beaver Trial licence application
Application submitted to the Scottish Government in 2007 for a licence to reintroduce beavers to Scotland

Economic impacts of the beaver

Economic impacts of the beaver
Discover the potential economic impacts of beaver reintroductions in a report by the University of Oxford

Public consultation report

Public consulation report
Summary of 2007 public consultation in which 73% of local residents were in support of the Trail

Public consultation leaflet

Public consulation leaflet
Leaflet distributed to residents in the Mid-Argyll area seeking their views on a beaver reintroduction

Captive management guidelines

Public consulation leaflet
Guidelines for captive management of the Eurasian beaver, based on experience gained by the contributors from the capture, containment and transport of numerous beavers within Europe over the last 20 years

Scottish Beaver Trial final report

Public consulation leaflet
The story of Britain's first licensed release of beavers into the wild

 

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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    Comments of support

    "This is an exciting development for wildlife enthusiasts all over Scotland and beyond ... their reappearance will draw tourists from around the British Isles - and even further afield." - MSP Jim Mather

    With thanks to

    Beaver Trial Supporters
    People's Postcode Lottery
    PTES

    See our other supporters

    The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust

     

    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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