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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15200: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 12 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to identify instances of localised damage to beech trees by beavers.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 23 March 2018

The Scottish Government does not take action specifically to identify instances of localised damage to beech trees by beavers.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) offers a free advisory service to landowners who have questions about the activities of beavers on their land and this includes advice on beavers damaging trees. SNH does not specifically record the species of tree involved, although this information may be recorded as part of the general description of findings and advice.

Information about actions that may be taken by landowners to protect individual trees against damage by beavers is provided on the SNH website: https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/safeguarding-protected-areas-and-species/protected-species/protected-species-z-guide/protected-species-beaver/interim-beaver .