More beavers to be released in Mid Argyll

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More beavers will be released into Knapdale Forest as part of the Scottish Beaver Trial.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Scottish Beavers and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland have been granted a licence by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Up to 28 beavers will be released into the forest in the next three years in a bid to help the species thrive.

Susan Davies, director of conservation at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said: ‘Reinforcing the population at Knapdale is an exciting step forward for the future of beavers in Scotland.

‘Beavers are natural engineers with a unique ability to create new wetland habitats. They can benefit wildlife, including otters, water voles and dragonflies, and long-term research in Tayside has shown how their presence has revitalised previously drained land by doubling the range of plant species.

‘The ponds and pools created behind beaver dams can also help improve water quality and regulate flooding, and their return to Scotland has great potential to boost our growing wildlife tourism industry.’

The Eurasian breed beavers will be sourced from a number of locations and will be screened to ensure they are free of sickness and disease.