The debrief: How a Scottish project established the case for the return of beavers

The Knapdale trial, which kicked off UK beaver reintroduction after centuries of absence, has shown the biodiversity benefits of these “ecosystem engineers” but also the need for local engagement and a strong management plan, finds Jocelyn Timperley.

by Jocelyn Timperley
Knapdale beaver: by constantly disturbing their environment beavers create a dynamic habitat. Photograph by Steve Gardner
Knapdale beaver: by constantly disturbing their environment beavers create a dynamic habitat. Photograph by Steve Gardner

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