FAQ: Where did the beavers come from?

The beavers were gathered by expert trappers from Telemark University College in Norway, a region with a large and healthy population of wild Eurasian beaver. The Scandinavian beaver is considered to be the closest type to that once found in the UK and the Telemark terrain has many similarities with the west coast of Scotland. All beavers were only released into the Knapdale Forest after completing the statutory quarantine period.

Knapdale Forest, Scotland
Knapdale Forest, Scotland
Telemark, Norway
Telemark, Norway

Watch the video below to learn more about the journey the beavers made from Norway to Scotland:




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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 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.

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    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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