In our Perth and Perthshire edition yesterday, the headline of our story about a Scottish Natural Heritage study into beaver numbers in Tayside, stated that farmers were calling for a cull on the animals.
This was incorrect. Farmers leaders did not call for a cull but for progress in establishing approved ways of controlling beavers. We apologise for the error.
Jonnie Hall, director of policy for NFU Scotland, said: “Impacts from beavers have to be managed and we are working closely with SNH to find constructive ways forward.
“What may be seen as a conservation success story has to be set against real and significant agricultural damage.
“Ultimately, we need effective management protocols in place and that means testing all practical mitigation measures and making sure that they work effectively to enable beavers to coexist within the farmed landscape, rather than have beavers impose on farmers what they can and can’t do.”