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.

On 24 November 2016, the Scottish Government made the landmark announcement that beavers are to remain in Scotland. For more information, please read the joint press release issued by RZSS and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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Beavers on Glow TV

Glow TV Rob Needham, the Scottish Beaver Trial's Field Officer, featured on Glow TV talking to school children about beavers. Click here to see the full video. You will be asked for your Glow login and then taken directly to the page of recordings that includes ‘The Beavers are Back’. Share this with your class and do let us know if you enjoy it!

Information and resources for schools

In this section you will find downloadable resources to aid learning about the Scottish Beaver Trial. These range from writing newspaper reports to designing beaver habitats. There are plenty of activities to use which are suitable for a variety of different ages.

For each activity there is a teacher information sheet, student activity sheet and, where appropriate, an answer sheet. Alternatively, visit our kids' zone for loads of fun beaver activities.

Curriculum links download
You can download each activity separately below, or click here to download the whole Education Pack (please note: this is a large pdf file, so it will take some time to download).
General
Beavers and people
Beaver ecology
Curriculum links
Debate
Dam building
What is a beaver?
Job profiles
Habitat
Introduction
Newspaper reports
Keystone species
Beaver story
Norway
 
  Trial budget
Trial science

 


Curriculum links

 
Curriculum links download
How all these activities are linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence

What is a beaver?

 
 
What is a beaver download
A Powerpoint presentation about the beaver
Suitable for Early Years

Introduction

 
 
Introduction download
A Powerpoint presentation introducing the Scottish Beaver Trial
Suitable for First to Fourth levels

Beaver story

 
Beaver story download
Suitable for Early Years

Debate

 
 
Debate download
Debate the issues surrounding the re-introduction of beavers
Suitable for First to Fourth levels

Job profiles

 
Job profiles download
Discover the wide ranging jobs involved in a conservation project

Newspaper reports

 
Newspaper report Word documents
 
Newspaper reports download
Research and write your own media report. Word templates available
Suitable for all levels

Norway

 
 
Norway download
Research the country where the trial beavers originated from
Suitable for all levels

Trial budget

 
Trial budget Word document
 
Trial budget download
Activity + Word docs to manage the budget of a conservation project
Suitable for First to Third levels

Trial science

 
 
Trial science download
Activity to understand how to choose a re-introduction site for beavers
Suitable for First to Fourth levels

Dam building

 
 
Dam building download
Design and build your own dam
Suitable for all levels

Habitat

 
 
Habitat download
Design an ideal beaver habitat
Suitable for all levels

Keystone species

 
 
Keystone species download
Discover how beavers effect the lives of other species
Suitable for First to Fourth levels
 

 

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Forestry Commission Scotland

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"The beaver is a missing part of our watery landscapes and has a role to play in the healthy functioning of wetland habitats." - Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive for The Wildlife Trusts

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