The scientific monitoring period of the Scottish Beaver Trial came to an end in May 2014. In June 2015, Scottish Natural Heritage published the Beavers in Scotland Report. The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, is now considering the future of beavers in Scotland.

The beavers will remain in Knapdale until a decision is made, which is due to be announced in 2016. In the meantime, you can keep up to date by visiting our Facebook page

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Beavers are back in Scotland!

Welcome to the official home of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Here you can find all the latest news about the UK's first formal mammal reintroduction and the beaver families living wild in the Heart of Argyll. See how the beavers are settling into their new home in Scotland, plan your visit and discover how you can support this unique conservation project.

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Plan your visit

Visit Knapdale Forest in the Heart of Argyll and see the signs of beaver activity. Only a two-hour drive from Glasgow. Click here to plan your trip, or view a list of upcoming events.

Support the Trial

There are various ways you can support the Scottish Beaver Trial, from volunteering to adopting a beaver. Click here to discover how you can help the project today.

The Scottish Beaver Trial is a partnership project between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and host Forestry Commission Scotland to undertake a time-limited, five-year trial reintroduction of Eurasian beavers to Knapdale, Mid-Argyll.

The licence for the Trial was granted by the Scottish Government in May 2008, with the first beavers being released in May 2009. Scottish Natural Heritage co-ordinated the independent scientific monitoring of the trial, reporting progress to the Scottish Government and monitored how the conditions of the licence are being addressed on the ground. The monitoring phase of the trial has now finished. All scientific findings will be presented to the Scottish Government by Scottish Natural Heritage in May 2015 where a decision will be made.

Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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Comments of support

"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

With thanks to

Beaver Trial Supporters
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The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust