The Beaver’s Return
16 Sep 2008
The Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society have been granted a conditional licence for a trial reintroduction of up to four beaver families into mid-Argyll.
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Earlier this year the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society were granted a conditional licence by the Scottish Government for a trial reintroduction of up to four beaver families into mid-Argyll.
European beavers became extinct in Scotland in the 16th Century due to hunting. By the 18th Century they were also close to being extinct throughout Europe. As a keystone species, they affect the survival and abundance of other wildlife.
The aim of the trial is to consider beavers within the current Scottish context and provide evidence to support similar projects.
The creatures will not be fenced in. They will however, be radio tagged and returned if they wander off site but are technically wild’.
The Scottish Beaver Trial needs to raise at least £750,000 to implement this exciting conservation milestone and is looking for your support. There are also volunteer opportunities, such as working with the Beaver Trial Field Officer.
Contact: +44 (0)1236 617113
European Beavers are territorial and live in family groups.
Photo: © Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
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