Beaver is coming back to Scotland
Four beaver families have been transferred from Norway (Telemark region) to a new home in the heart of Knapdale, Argyll, as part of a scientific trial to reintroduce this species.
The scheme started in spring 2009, after the beavers had spent six months in quarantine.
The reintroduction is being led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The scientific monitoring is carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Update: On 24 November 2016, the Scottish Government made the landmark announcement that beavers are to remain in Scotland. And since 1 May 2019 beavers are to be legally protected as a European Protected Species, according to a decree by the Scottish Government.