The beaver is a European protected species, fully protected under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended). This protection also extends to lodges and burrows used for breeding and can apply to dams. Find out about the beaver as a protected species.
Our Management Framework includes guidance for people who may work in areas where beavers may be present and on what may constitute an offence or require a licence. If you are uncertain then contact the licensing team for advice.
Temporary message (as at 8 December 2021)
Following the Scottish Government announcement in November 2021 of a shift in policy to enable conservation translocations to new release sites in Scotland from July 2022, we are reviewing relevant parts of our guidance retained under the Beaver Management Framework. This is expected to take some months and will be undertaken in consultation with the Scottish Beaver Forum. If you have specific queries relating to this change please email us at [email protected]
Find out more
Read our latest news release:
- News: Survey finds beavers establishing strong presence in City of Perth - 17 February 2021
- News: Conservation success as beaver numbers double in Scotland - 10 August 2021
- News: NatureScot statement on beaver judicial review ruling - 21 October 2021
- News: NatureScot's beaver management: judicial review - 22 October 2021
- News: NatureScot announces first new site for release of beavers in Scotland since Knapdale - 10 November 2021
- News: Protecting Scotland's beaver population - 24 November 2021