The final report on the work of the Tayside Beaver Study Group has been published and Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following response.
A spokesman said: “We have been an active member of the Tayside Beaver Study Group and are keen that as much information as possible is available to the Minister ahead of the decision on the future of the beaver in Scotland. We are not opposed to beaver ever being reintroduced to Scotland; we simply want to ensure that any reintroduction, whatever the species, is only progressed after a robust assessment and justification process which ensures a competent decision in which impacts on land management have been fully acknowledged and accommodated.
“Scottish Land & Estates was pleased to host the Minister on a visit to some Tayside farmers recently to discuss beaver impacts on land management and we are pleased that the report acknowledges that the Tayside population does have an impact and that if they were to be permanently reintroduced, efficient, effective and affordable ways of managing and reducing potentially significant impacts on intensively farmed land and other interests would have to be found. “