New measures to expand beaver numbers and restore biodiversity

The Scottish government will actively support the expansion of the beaver population, promoting translocation, which involves safely trapping and moving beavers to a more suitable area. This will reduce or avoid negative impacts and help establish beaver presence in areas of Scotland outside their current range, beyond where natural expansion would be expected to reach in the short term.

Published 25 November 2021

Legal win offers hope of new era for beavers and farmers

A ruling by Lady Carmichael in the Outer House yesterday confirms that all previous licensed killings of beavers authorised by the Scottish government’s nature agency, NatureScot, have been unlawful and have been revoked.

Published 22 October 2021

Legal challenge to Scottish government’s beaver killing policy begins

A legal challenge by Trees for Life to the Scottish government’s beaver killing policy is being heard by the Court of Session today and tomorrow.

Published 3 June 2021

Protected status for beavers comes into effect

Beavers are now a protected species in Scotland.

Published 1 May 2019

Beavers given protected status

The Eurasian or European beaver will be added to the list of European Protected Species of Animals, protected under Scots law.

Published 25 February 2019