Second family of beavers moved to farm in bid to boost biodiversity

They will join another family of beavers at the site in Perthshire.

Second family of beavers moved to farm in bid to boost biodiversity Email

A second family of beavers have been moved to a farm in Perthshire.

The family, comprising of five beavers, will add to the five beavers already based there.

They were moved to the Argaty Red Kite centre near Doune by the charity, Beaver Trust.

It is only the second translocation site authorised in Scotland – the first being a trial site in Argyll.

The move was carried out by the charity, Beaver Trust. (NatureScot)Email

The beavers were trapped and taken under licence from areas where they were causing serious agricultural damage for farmers and where mitigation measures have not been successful or are not possible.

Tom Bowser, owner of Argaty Red Kites, expressed his excitement at the addition of the beavers.

“We are thrilled to be Scotland’s first private site to legally release beavers into the wild,” he said.

“It will be so exciting to see how they enhance biodiversity on our farm.”

It is hoped the beavers can help to restore biodiversity. (NatureScot)Website

Donald Fraser, NatureScot’s head of wildlife management, outlined the benefits brought by beavers in helping to restore biodiversity.

He explained: “Beavers can play an important role in helping to restore biodiversity and respond to the climate emergency in Scotland.

“Projects like this one at Argaty also allow beavers to be trapped and removed from highly productive agricultural land where they are causing damage to farmland and released in an area where nature will benefit and there is less risk to agriculture.”

The beavers will join another family already at the farm. (NatureScot)Website

Roisin Campbell-Palmer, Beaver Trust spokesperson, pointed to the advantages of being able to release the beavers as a well-bonded family.

She said: “The translocation of this beaver family can be considered a success, with both parents and all seen offspring trapped over a short time frame with full engagement of the landowner, lots of positive familial behaviours observed with all individuals eating well and completing health screening checks.

“Being able to release these beavers as a well-bonded family unit feels like we are giving them the best chance for relocation success and away from prime-agricultural land where they were causing a significant issue.

“We look forward to being able to expand such work in the future.”

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