Nature Scot (formerly SNH) recently released its Beaver Licensing Summary for 2019. This confirmed that 87 beavers, roughly one fifth of Scotland’s entire population, were killed under licence last year despite being a protected species. This level of lethal control is excessive and potentially threatens the ‘favourable conservation status’ and ‘genetic viability’ of the species in Scotland. It cannot be allowed to be repeated again.
Please help SWBG create a better future for Scotland’s beavers by asking the government to take the following steps:
To find out more about why these changes are necessary read our statement in response to SNH’s recent publication.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
SIGN THE PETITION
Our friends at Trees For Life have launched a petition asking The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) to change government policy and allow translocation of beavers caught in conflict to new sites across Scotland.
WRITE TO YOUR MSP’S
Contact your MSPs to let them know that you want The Scottish Goverment to change their approach to beaver management. Use the bullet points above to outline the changes you want to see.
Get involved with our art action ’87 Beavers: In Memoriam’ to commemorate the 87 beavers killed under licence in 2019 and persuade the Scottish Government to only employ lethal control as a genuine last resort.