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Beaver (Castor fiber)Missing Species of the Caledonian Forest

Beaver photo

European beaver. Photo by Laurie Campbell.


Beaver at Aigas

Beaver at the Aigas field centre. Photo by Laurie Campbell.


The European beaver is a keystone species in terrestrial aquatic ecosystems. It became extinct in Scotland in the 16th century due to hunting for its fur and castoreum (a secretion from its scent glands), and habitat loss. However, in May 2009, 11 beavers were released into Knapdale Forest in mid-Argyll as part of a trial reintroduction. This landmark project is the first ever formal reintroduction of a native mammal to Britain.

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