The Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have submitted a licence application to the Scottish Government is for a trial reintroduction of European beavers in the Knapdale Forest in Mid-Argyll. Beavers have not been wild in Scotland in 500 years.
If successful Beavers will be released in April 2009. 15-20 Beavers from Norway will be introduced to the trial site following a quarantine period.
The long term aim of the trial would be to monitor the success and impact of the beaver reintroduction before release elsewhere in Scotland.
More info on the plan cab be found at the Scottish Beavers network.