The monitoring phase of the Scottish Beaver Trial has now finished but you can still visit the beavers in Knapdale. You can also download the project partner's final report. All the scientific findings from the trial will now be written up and are due to be presented to the Scottish Government by Scottish Natural Heritage in May 2015.

The beavers will remain in Knapdale until a decision is made, hopefully in the second half of 2015. In the meantime, you can keep up to date by visiting our Facebook page

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FAQ: How do we know that beavers were once in Scotland?

Beaver fossils are rare in Scotland due to the poor conditions for the preservation of bone, except in limestone cave areas. Efforts to find fossils of this kind have been limited in the west of Scotland. However, fossils which have been found suggest that beavers lived in Scotland for almost 8,000 years. Historical records show that beavers were formerly commercially exploited in Scotland and may have survived around Loch Ness until at least the early 16th century.  Intriguingly, a Gaelic name for the beaver, losleathan or dobhran losleathan (broad-tail or broad-tailed otter), survived as an oral tradition until the late 18th/early 19th century in Lochaber, Argyll, which suggests that the beaver may have survived in the west of Scotland until much more recently.

Beavers are a missing element in our native biodiversity and bring many benefits to their local environments. Click here to find out more.



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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