Beavers have tripled in just six years
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.”