Final call for views on bringing back beavers
18th September 2023
Time is running out to share your views on the return of beavers to the Cairngorms National Park, after an absence of 400 years.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority is leading on the reintroduction proposals and is urging anyone with an interest to go online and complete this survey before the closure of the formal engagement process on 25 September.
Working with a range of partners, the Park Authority is aiming to release beavers on the upper Spey catchment at Rothiemurchus, RSPB Insh Marshes and on land owned by Wildland Scotland Ltd – but beavers cannot be captured, transported or released in Scotland without a licence issued by NatureScot.
As part of the licence application, officers at the Cairngorms National Park Authority need to collect and consider the thoughts and opinions of landowners, land managers, local residents and local communities. The six week consultation, which began on 14 August, has included five public events as well as the opportunity to comment online.
Jonathan Willet, Beaver Project Manager with the Park Authority said: “The response to the engagement process has been excellent with over 360 survey responses received so far, but we would like to hear from more people, particularly those who may not have been able to attend one of our public events.
“We have been speaking with a very wide variety of interested parties and have had specific meetings and events for farmers, crofters, land managers and residents, with more to come in the future. It is very important that any opinions and views are shared with us so I would encourage people to not miss the deadline. This is a highly significant moment for the Cairngorms National Park, with plans to return a lost species after 400 years.”
Beavers are considered ‘nature’s engineers’ with an incredible ability to rework, restore and re-naturalise the landscape, helping combat climate change and boost biodiversity. From coppicing riverside trees to damming smaller water courses, creating narrow canals and rich wetlands, beavers create the ideal habitat for wildlife to thrive, as well as slowing the flow of water which reduces flood risk downstream.
For more information or to make your views known, please go here.