Beavers are back in Scotland!

Welcome to the official home of the Scottish Beaver Trial. Here you can find all the latest news about the UK's first formal mammal reintroduction and the beaver families living wild in the Heart of Argyll. See how the beavers are settling into their new home in Scotland, plan your visit and discover how you can support this unique conservation project.

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Plan your visit

Visit Knapdale Forest in the Heart of Argyll and see the signs of beaver activity. Only a two-hour drive from Glasgow. Click here to plan your trip.

Support the Trial

There are various ways you can support the Scottish Beaver Trial, from volunteering to adopting a beaver. Click here to discover how you can help the project today.

The Scottish Beaver Trial is a partnership project between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and host Forestry Commission Scotland to undertake a time-limited, five-year trial reintroduction of Eurasian beavers to Knapdale, Mid-Argyll.

The licence for the Trial was granted by the Scottish Government in May 2008, with the first beavers being released in May 2009. The Trial will run until 2014. Scottish Natural Heritage co-ordinates the independent scientific monitoring of the trial, reporting progress to the Scottish Government and monitoring how the conditions of the licence are being addressed on the ground.