Scottish beavers causing problems on farmland sent to Yorkshire and Devon 


Dozens of Scottish beavers are to be moved from prime agricultural land in Scotland and relocated elsewhere in the UK, including Yorkshire and Devon.

The large scale translocation was announced on Friday, one month after hundreds of feral beavers were given legal protection by the Scottish Government.

There are currently estimated to be around 450 beavers in the wild in Scotland, the vast majority of them on Tayside where farmers have faced repeated problems as a result.

There is also a much smaller population at Knapdale in Argyll, where a number of beavers were previously released in a trial reintroduction.

The beavers in Perthshire and Angus escaped from captivity or were released illegally more than a decade ago and have since spread rapidly.

Farmers have repeatedly complained that they have caused flooding by building dams in vital drainage ditches, felled trees on farmland and caused embankments to collapse.

However, since May 1 they are no longer able to control the beavers and their lodges and dams, with Scottish Natural Heritage granting licences to shoot or move the animals.


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