Beavers given legally protected status

Eurasian beavers living in Scotland will be a legally protected species from 1 May, the Scottish government has announced

Beavers were hunted to extinction in Scotland 400 years ago. Photograph: Steve-Gardner/123RF
Beavers were hunted to extinction in Scotland 400 years ago

Eurasian beavers living in Scotland will be a legally protected species from 1 May, the Scottish government has announced.

After completing a habitats regulations assessment and a strategic environmental assessment of the beavers’ potential impacts, the Scottish government decided to add the beaver to the list of European Protected Species of Animals, protected under Scottish law.

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