MORE THAN 1,600 people have enjoyed talks,guided walks and events based around the Scottish Beaver Trial (SBT) in the last five months.
Fifty-seven events have been organised including the renowned guided walks around Knapdale forest,where the beavers were released in 2009.
Eight school groups enjoyed beaver lessons from SBT education ranger Oly Hemmings,in the run up to the summer holidays,with many people taking part in activities at the Crinan Canal Water Festival,Mid Argyll Show and Beavers at the Botanics in Edinburgh;all of which included beaver games and activities for the family.
The summer season also saw a range of esteemed academics visit the trial including distinguished Canadian beaver researchers keen to see how SBT carries out monitoring work.
US-based journalists intrigued by the story of the return of the beavers to Scotland,as well as representatives from a range of UK conservation,forestry and zoological bodies also descended on the trial site to see for themselves what it might mean to live with wild beavers once again.
A review of the Scottish Beaver Trial and its activities during spring and summer will be available at the Local Stakeholder Forum,which meets on Wednesday October 24 2012 at Achnamara Village Hall at 2pm.
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