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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18861: Claudia Beamish (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 17 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it (a) monitors and (b) reports the impact of beavers on agricultural land in Tayside.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 October 2018

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) commissioned a survey of impacts of beavers on agricultural land in Tayside in late 2017 / early 2018. SNH also monitors beaver impacts on agricultural land through advisory visits by SNH staff and specialist contractors to farmers experiencing problems. SNH will continue to collate this information through its Scottish Beaver Mitigation Scheme.

The ‘Survey of the Tayside area beaver population 2017-18’ report will be published by SNH in October and the results and progress of ongoing monitoring and the Mitigation Scheme will be reported to the Scottish Beaver Forum and the Scottish Government.