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Beavers arrive in their new Cairngorms National Park home - Cairngorms National Park Authority

The female beaver leaves her crate at the release site. Credit: Beaver Trust
The female beaver leaves her crate at the release site. Credit: Beaver Trust

The first beavers to be translocated to the Cairngorms are settling into their new home after arriving in the National Park earlier this week.

A pair of Eurasian beavers have been released on Rothiemurchus, with Lorna Slater MSP – Scottish Government Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity – there to offer a helping hand. A further pair were released the same day on land owned by Wildland Cairngorms Ltd.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority, working with local land managers and the Beaver Trust oversaw the operation, which took place on Monday 18 December. This follows the Park Authority being granted a licence from NatureScot two weeks ago to bring beavers back to the National Park. This is a five year licence for up to 15 families of beaver.

This is the first out of range translocation in Scotland and sees the return of beavers to the area for the first time in around 400 years. By changing and re-naturalising the landscape around them, beavers can help combat climate change and boost biodiversity.

Ms Slater, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity said: “Today is a key milestone in our ongoing collective efforts to ensure this iconic species can once again thrive across Scotland. I want to thank the Cairngorms National Park Authority and all the organisations involved who have made this truly exciting moment possible. The Scottish Government will continue to support the expansion of beavers across the country, through our beaver strategy. We want both communities and nature to benefit from this mission. This is why we will ensure that farmers and land managers are supported to live alongside beavers as they make the iconic Cairngorms their new home.”


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Posted On: 20/12/2023

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