Date lodged: 8 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with its plans to introduce legislation to give the Eurasian beaver protected species status, in light of its previous commitment that it would introduce legislation on this during the first half of 2018, and what the impact could be on the species if such legislation is not passed before 29 March 2019.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 January 2019
The Scottish Government and Scottish Natural Heritage have been working closely with farming and other land management and conservation stakeholders to develop an approach for the management of beavers including, where necessary, their licensed control once they are given legal protection. This work is nearing completion.
In the event that powers are not available under the European Communities Act 1972, a range of suitable options are being identified and considered to give protection for beavers.