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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00456: Gail Ross (Caithness, Sutherland and Ross)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 30 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the timetable is for its strategic environmental and habitats regulations assessments of the beaver population.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 8 December 2016

We are required to carry out a Habitats Regulations Assessment of our proposed plan to allow beavers to remain in Scotland. Work is already underway on this Assessment and I expect it to be completed early in 2017. We are also required to consider whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment is required. The approach to the SEA and its timing depends on what issues are highlighted by the HRA. I am hopeful that the processes required before we can bring forward secondary legislation to add beavers to Schedule 2 of the 1994 Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations will be completed by spring 2017.