Beaver on a river bank gathering sticks. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

SNH welcomes protected species status for beavers in Scotland

01 May 2019

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) today welcomes the news from the Scottish Government that beavers in Scotland now are protected under law.

Nick Halfhide, SNH Director, said:

"Beavers benefit nature, creating habitats such as ponds and wetlands where other species thrive, as well as alleviating flooding and improving water quality.

But sometimes beavers can flood farmland and roads, and we will need to help land owners manage them. To prepare for beavers’ protected species status, we have been working with a range of partners, including the Scottish Government, farming and conservation bodies, so we’re ready to provide free, expert advice and practical support to anyone whose land is affected by beavers."

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