Wildlife

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 4th March 2011.

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Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-39477

To ask the Scottish Executive what the criteria are for beavers to be permitted to become established in the wild.

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

The licence application by Scottish Wildlife Trust/Royal Zoological Society of Scotland for the Knapdale Trial contains criteria for the success or failure of the beaver trial. If the Knapdale trial is judged successful these criteria could be used to inform the development of wider criteria relating to the possible establishment of beavers in the wild.

Scottish ministers will not only assess the results of the Knapdale Trial, but also take into account other relevant information such as experience from Europe and North America and information from the Beaver-Salmonid Working Group which reports to the National Species Reintroduction Forum.

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