Beavers have tripled in just six years

The Herald - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of beavers in Tay­side has al­most tripled in the past six years and the pop­u­la­tion is now spread­ing to other ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey.

The Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) re­port es­ti­mates that around 430 beavers live in over 100 ac­tive beaver ter­ri­to­ries. A sur­vey carried out in 2012 es­ti­mated roughly 150 beavers in 40 ter­ri­to­ries.

The find­ings have been wel­comed by Scot­land’s lead­ing na­ture con­ser­va­tion char­ity, the Scot­tish Wildlife Trust (SWT), who have called for the na­tive an­i­mals to be given pro­tected sta­tus “to al­low them to thrive across Scot­land”.

SNH’S Nick Halfhide said: “By build­ing dams, beavers im­prove lo­cal wa­ter qual­ity and help nur­ture other wildlife, and it’s won­der­ful that peo­ple now have a chance to see these fas­ci­nat­ing crea­tures in their nat­u­ral habi­tat.”

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