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S5W-12764: John Scott (Ayr)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the illegal release of beavers could have on flood mitigation measures in the River (a) Tay and (b) Earn catchment area.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 29 November 2017

The presence of beavers is not thought likely to have a significant impact on flood mitigation measures in the River Tay and Earn catchment areas. In the event that beaver activity such as burrowing or damming threatens flood mitigation measures, there are a number of management actions that can be taken. Detailed guidance on these is being developed by Scottish Natural Heritage, through a Scottish Beaver Forum which was established in May 2017.