A call has been made for Tayside landowners and farmers who know of beaver activity on their land to contribute their experiences to monitoring work being undertaken by the Tayside Beaver Study Group.
An event organised last week by Scottish Land & Estates, attended by representatives from the Scottish Government, Scottish Natural Heritage and Tayside Beaver Study Group (TBSG), saw more than 30 landowners and farmers engage and raise issues surrounding the presence of the unlicensed beaver population across the region.
Discussion included the legal status of beavers, mitigation measures and impacts seen as a result of beaver activity.
Those attending the event were encouraged to complete a questionnaire distributed by the Tayside Beaver Study Group, with the aim of documenting impacts on land use and establishing what advice and information people need in regards to beaver activity. Now, other landowners and farmers are being urged to get in touch and make their views known.
Helen Dickinson, project officer at the Tayside Beaver Study Group said: “The event was extremely worthwhile in hearing further accounts from farmers and landowners about their experiences of beavers, both positive and negative.
“It is vitally important that we gather as much evidence as possible about the situation in the coming months. The data gathered as a result of the monitoring undertaken by TBSG, including collecting information as to the experiences of landowners with beaver activity, will feed into reports provided to the Minister for Environment & Climate Change to aid in the decision making process taking place in 2015 as to the next step for beavers in Scotland.”