Project partners

The Scottish Beaver Trial is a partnership project between the Scottish Wildlife Trust, The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Forestry Commission Scotland. The partnership brings together three leading organisations who champion nature conservation, initiate pioneering scientific research and inspire people to care for Scotland’s wildlife.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a membership-based charity with over 30,000 members throughout Scotland. The Trust seeks to raise public awareness of threatened habitats and species and manages 120 wildlife reserves throughout Scotland, including Knapdale Forest – the home of the Scottish Beaver Trial – in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland. Scottish Wildlife Trust

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has been working to promote the awareness and conservation of rare and endangered animals for over 100 years. In addition to managing Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park, the Society supports a wide variety of global research and conservation projects – including successful species reintroductions in Scotland (Canna mouse) and the Mexican coast (Socorro dove).

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland manages the land on which the Scottish Beaver Trial took place, Knapdale Forest. Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and is responsible for the protection and expansion of Scotland's forests and woodlands in order to increase their value to society and the environment.

Forestry Commission Scotland

Independent monitors

Scottish Natural Heritage

The Scottish Government asked Scottish Natural Heritage to co-ordinate the independent scientific monitoring of the Trial. SNH also monitored whether the conditions of the licence were being fully addressed on the ground. The Trial was a major contribution to Scotland’s Species Action Framework, which sets out a strategic approach to species management in Scotland.

Scottish Natural Heritage

 

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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    "I welcome the return of beavers to Knapdale. Beavers are fascinating creatures famed for their industrious habits, and their arrival to Knapdale is certainly creating a booming industry for local businesses." - Local businessman Darren Dobson, owner of the Cairnbaan Hotel

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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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