Since 2009, we have played a fundamental role in returning beavers to Scotland.
From releasing the first wild beaver in 2009, to completing a reinforcement project in 2020, our work has led to this keystone species becoming a legally-protected native species once again.
Why reintroduce beavers?
Eurasian beavers are a native species to the UK, but they were hunted to extinction in the 16th Century. They are one of the world’s most adept natural engineers, with an incredible ability to create new wetlands, restore native woodland and improve conditions for a wide range of species including dragonflies, otters and fish.
The return of beavers also provides ample wildlife tourism opportunity. Knapdale’s beavers have attracted visitors from around the world, bringing social and economic benefits to the area.