As you may know, beavers are still being shot in numbers on Tayside farms and some of them are being wounded rather than killed. This was highlighted when Fig the beaver was rescued by the SSPCA after being shot in the face and having his teeth smashed. Luckily Fig, after weeks of rehabilitation, is okay now, and living at Argaty, but the practice of shooting over the water should be banned immediately as in this situation wounded beavers can just be washed downstream unseen to suffer or die out of sight. We are calling for this, along with other changes listed in our manifesto.

But how can you help?  We need you to write to your MSP’s and remind them that these sorts of actions cannot be stood for.

Below is a letter that our Chair has written to John Swinney, her MSP.  Please take a look, and alongside our manifesto,  it would be great if people wrote now to their own MSPs along these lines or similar, to express your feelings about animal welfare or any other aspect of beaver conservation. 

*Attach Home Address* 

Dear *Insert Name of MSP Contact*

Firstly, we want to say, as rural constituents and as members of SL&E that our family is entirely opposed to the recent statement  from SLE,  NFUS and NSA.

Along with many rural neighbours and colleagues  we very much welcome the Bute House Agreement and the environmental policy  proposed or already carried out by government as a result.

Most of the above statement is, in our view is misinformed, misleading and mischievous. It is an attempt  by a tiny minority of the rural population to stir trouble as they  see their influence wane.  We hope the government will ignore this hyperbole and step up  on the Green agenda that, in this time of crisis, is clearly very much wanted by a large number of Scots, both rural and urban.

We appreciate the progress made on beaver policy under the Bute House Agreement, but feel there is still a long way to go on implementation.

The story of Fig the beaver has highlighted the fact that, under current legislation, beavers are vulnerable to being shot and wounded and then abandoned. Fig was luckily found and rehabilitated and is now living happily at Argaty, but there are probably many others like him who have died slowly of wounds out of sight. This occurrence is made much more likely by the fact that it is legal to shoot beavers over water.  This makes the collection of carcasses and wounded animals very difficult and gives the license holders too much leeway if carcasses are not collected.  We believe Nature Scot should urgently take its own welfare report’s advice and ban the shooting of. beavers over water.

This is one of a number of policy asks in our Scottish Wild Beaver’s new manifesto which I attach.

Kind regards

*Insert Name*

If you do not regularly write to your representatives you can do so easily by going to “” and entering your postcode. A letter form will come up addressed to whichever of your representatives you wish to write to. (Constituency MSP, list MSPs, Councillors and MPs). The key ones here are your MSPs. 

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