Beavers in Scotland to be given legal protection

In a significant development, the Scottish Government have finally announced that they will introduce legislation to add beavers to the list of European protected species. As a consequence, any person wishing to control beavers (e.g. by shooting) will require a licence from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The move, welcomed by many people and organisations but probably not all landowners or farmers (e.g. Farmers Weekly) , would also mean it would be an offence to to disturb beavers during the breeding season, as well as kill/injure any beaver. (Scottish Wildlife TrustThe Courier, Scottish Natural Heritage, Express & Star, BBC News, SPICe Spotlight, The National, Evening Express)

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 10:22 am

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