Recent releases of beavers at Knapdale, Scotland to reinforce the population deemed successful

Between 2017 and 2019 21 beavers were released at Knapdale Forest in Argyll, Scotland to reinforce the population, originally established between 2009 and 2014. Before the release, numbers were dwindling and there was concern that the population might die out. There was also worries about the genetic diversity in the remaining beavers. However, as a result of these releases numbers have been increased in the area and the project has been described as successful. At the same time, many beavers are being culled on the River Tay rather than being deployed in further reintroduction projects (BBC News, The Herald, The Press and Journal, The Times).

Posted on January 16, 2021 at 10:33 am

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