Apol­ogy

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

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.”

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