The beavers in Knapdale have helped shaped the future for the species in Scotland. Your help can ensure the population is healthy long into the future.

Eurasian beavers are a true keystone species. These special creatures engineer whole habitats that benefit a range of other wildlife including otters, dragonflies and fish. They have a great impact on the landscape around them and play a vital role in diversifying woodlands and improving water quality.

From 2009 to 2014 the Scottish Wildlife Trust played a major role in bringing beavers back to Scotland, and proving the environmental and social case for allowing them to stay through the Scottish Beaver Trial in Knapdale, Mid-Argyll. The Scottish Government’s decision to let beavers remain in the wild and give them protected status is a major conservation success story. It represents the first formal reintroduction of a mammal to the wild in the UK.

In Knapdale the new wetlands have led to an increase in wildlife such as dragonflies. These, and other invertebrates, help pollinate crops and wild plants and provide the staple diet for many birds and mammals.
Recent research in Tayside has shown that the presence of beavers has helped to revitalise woodland by increasing the number of plants found by around 50 per cent.

To help secure a long-term future for the beavers in Knapdale, we now need to boost numbers. Over the next 16 months, our aim is to ensure that the trial group can develop into a healthy population that can spread into mid-Argyll – will you help us?

Help secure the future of beavers in Scotland by donating today.

Help ensure beavers really are back for good

Your gift will help to reinforce the beaver population in Knapdale, making sure the population is healthy and can continue to thrive.


£575 – could help pay for the sourcing and transportation costs involved in translocating beavers

£185 – could help with veterinary health screening prior to the release of new beavers

£86 – could help pay for a camera trap to help monitor progress as our beavers settle in

£25 – could help pay for important community engagement work – helping to resolve local issues and galvanise support

Scottish Beavers

The reinforcement of beavers in Knapdale Forest is being carried out by Scottish Beavers, a partnership between the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, under licence from Scottish Natural Heritage, and with the permission and support of Forestry Commission Scotland.

The Scottish Beavers partnership builds on the work carried out by the Scottish Beaver Trial.

Watch our short video to find out more about this landmark project.

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