The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Royal Zoological Society of Scotland are hosting a public event at 6pm on Monday 28 October in the Cairnbaan Hotel mid-Argyll to give an update on the Scottish Beavers Reinforcement Project. Attendees will be able to meet project staff, find out more about the second year of work to reinforce mid-Argyll’s beaver population, and have their questions answered by the team. Light refreshments will be provided.
Over the last two years, 22 beavers from Tayside have been moved into Knapdale to bolster the population released during the Scottish Beaver Trial. All animals were screened by qualified vets prior to release to ensure that they were healthy and disease-free.Surveys this autumn have confirmed that beavers released in the first year of the project have successfully bred and given birth to kits.
The reinforcement project is led by Scottish Beavers, a partnership between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the Scottish Wildlife Trust created to continue the work of the Scottish Beaver Trial. It is taking place on land managed by Forest Commission Scotland and has been licensed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), which is also coordinating the monitoring requirements at the site.