FAQ: How much did the project cost and where did the money come from?

Scottish Beaver Trial Budget

The core cost of the Scottish Beaver Trial was approximately £2 million over seven years (2008-2015). Estimated costs rose since the initial development of the plan due to increased costs during the process of capturing and transporting the beavers from Norway to Scotland, additional monitoring programmes and addressing issues raised during the consultation.

Where is the money coming from?

Click on the following links to see an illustrated overview of the Scottish Beaver Trial budget:

Sources of income

Details of how the Scottish Beaver Trial was funded.

Budget expenditure

A breakdown of how the Scottish Beaver Trial budget was distributed across the project.

Adopt a beaver!

Project partners, Scottish Wildlife Trust and The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, have led an effort to raise awareness of the Scottish Beaver Trial and appeal for public support. The Scottish Beaver Trial has received generous donations from both individual members of the public and funders, including Biffaward, People's Postcode Lottery and the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

The Scottish Beaver Trial is still active on the ground in Knapdale and we welcome donations to help support this work. There are various ways you can help the Trial from making a donation to adopting a beaver! Click here to support the Scottish Beaver Trial today.




Project partners

The Royal Zoological Society of ScotlandScottish Wildlife Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland

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    Comments of support

    "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

    With thanks to

    Beaver Trial Supporters
    People's Postcode Lottery

    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 re-enforcement 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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