Reintroducing native species
From time to time native species have been lost from our countryside. This can happen for a variety of reasons which include persecution or over-exploitation, the effect of introducing invasive non-native species, or habitat loss. Sometimes there may be a good chance that a species can be reintroduced into an area again, but only when we can be confident that certain conditions are met, such as being sure that the reasons for it originally dying out are no longer significant. In this way we can help to restore and reinvigorate Scotland's biodiversity.
These pages provide more information.
Policies, guidelines and working with others
Reintroduction projects are usually complicated. However, there are tried and tested methods and internationally recognised guidelines that we follow. We also work with many other organisations, and help to support the work of the National Species Reintroduction Forum.
Reintroduction is defined as restoring a species to parts of its natural range from which it has been lost. However it is just one type of 'conservation translocation'.
Conservation translocation is the catch-all term that refers to the deliberate movement and release of living organisms for conservation purpose. Translocation represents one of many different conservation actions. In most circumstances, management of species in their current localities, and wider habitat management, will be more cost-effective and lower risk. However, there are some situations where conservation translocations are appropriate. There is now a Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations and accompanying Best Practice Guidelines which provide a framework for evaluating whether and how to undertake such conservation translocations in Scotland.
Conservation translocations in practice
We have been involved in several conservation translocations, including through the Species Action Framework which ran from 2007-2012.
One of the most high profile projects is the work that has been done on beavers and beaver reintroduction. We have now published a comprehensive 'Beavers in Scotland' report that has been submitted to the Scottish Government.
A Scottish forum to discuss strategic conservation translocation issues
A new approach to how we assess and plan conservation translocations
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