Beavers are mostly associated with countries such as Canada, but not many people realise that you can actually find these creatures right here in the UK. A successful trial release of beavers in Scotland has meant that there are now an estimated 400+ beavers living in Scotland across 2 different populations, 1 based in the East of Scotland due to unauthorised escapes, and 1 in Argyll where the Scottish Beaver Trial ran from 2009-2014.
But how did this trial come to be, and what actually happened? We wanted to write a guide about this monumental event which literally changed and shaped the Scottish landscape for the better. Let's get into it:
Why introduce beavers into Scotland?
Where were the beavers released?
How did the Scottish Beaver Trial work?
What is the current status of beavers in Scotland?