Tayside Beaver Study Group
The Tayside Beaver Study Group (TBSG) was established in 2012 by SNH in response to a decision by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change to tolerate the unlicensed beaver population on Tayside (specifically the River Tay and Earn catchments). The Minister decided that the Tayside beaver population should be allowed to remain in place and be subject to appropriate study for the duration of the official SBT in Knapdale. The TBSG completed its work in 2015 with the publication of its final report , and this was then referred to in the SNH 'Beavers in Scotland' report.
The TBSG was chaired by the SNH Area Manager for Tayside and Grampian. It comprised a range of partners: the National Farmers Union of Scotland, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, the Scottish Government, SNH, Scottish Land and Estates, Scottish Wild Beaver Group, Scottish Wildlife Trust, Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board and the Confederation of Forest Industries.
The work of the TBSG
The group had two principal aims:
- To gather information about the Tayside beavers and monitor impacts on local wildlife and land uses in the area
- To help identify a variety of means to resolve any conflicts between beavers and land uses in the area, provide advice and practical help to land owners at a local level, and consider how these means could be used more widely in the future
The information gathered from Tayside was designed to complement information from the Scottish Beaver Trial and elsewhere. Key activities undertaken during the monitoring period included:
- Gathering information on the health and genetic status of the population
- Understanding breeding success to aid with population modelling
- Recording impacts on land use Investigating and trialling methods to minimise negative impacts
- Establishing the current and future requirements for advice
The work of the group did not extend to the study of the ecological effects of the beaver population, including any ecosystem services/dis-services that may have resulted from their presence. A part-time project officer was employed from April 2013 until December 2014 to progress and co-ordinate these activities.
The final reports
The TBSG final report was published in early 2015.
In addition, these SNH Commissioned Reports have been produced based on work done on Tayside:
- Campbell, R.D., Harrington, A., Ross, A. & Harrington, L. (2012). Distribution, population assessment and activities of beavers in Tayside. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 540.
- Campbell-Palmer, R., Dickinson, H., Wilson, K. & Rosell, F. (2015). Group size and reproductive rates within the Tayside beaver population, Perthshire. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 802.
- Campbell-Palmer, R., Pizzi, R., Dickinson, H. & Girling, S. (2015). Trapping and health screening of free-living beavers within the River Tay catchment, east Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 681.
- Hamilton, A. & Moran, D. (2015). Tayside beaver socio-economic impact study. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 805.
- McEwing, R. Senn, H. & Campbell-Palmer, R. (2015). Genetic assessment of free-living beavers in and around the River Tay catchment, east Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 682.
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