A Consultation on the Beavers in Scotland Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report

Closes 6 Mar 2018

Opened 12 Dec 2017


This is a consultation about the policy to reintroduce beavers to Scotland and whether the appropriate mitigation measures have been identified. Views are also being sought on a Strategic Environmental Assessment that has been undertaken of this policy of reintroduction.

View the full consultation paper here

Why We Are Consulting

Scottish Ministers announced on 24 November 2016 that the beaver populations in Knapdale in Argyll and in the Tay and Earn catchments could remain in Scotland subject to satisfactory completion of a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). These assessments have now been carried out.

The Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, requires that a SEA be carried out where a policy, plan or programme is likely to have a significant environmental impact.

Give Us Your Views


  • Environmental Groups
  • Animal Welfare Organisations
  • Anglers
  • Conservation and Environmental Groups


  • Building and Planning
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Farming and Rural
  • Marine and Fisheries