Licences to control beavers in Tayside: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

Information requested

Ssummary figures covering May to the end of December 2019 showing (a) the number of licences granted for the lethal control of beavers in Tayside; (b) the number of beavers killed under those licences, and how; and (c) other non-lethal control measures carried out.


The answer to your question is:
(a) 40 licences were granted for the lethal control of beavers in Tayside;
(b) 87 beavers were shot under those licences; and
(c) 20 licences were issued for other non-lethal control measures carried out. Of these, 19 licences were issued for dam removal/manipulation and one was issued for live-trapping for translocation purposes.

Further information can be found in the Scottish Natural Heritage report ‘SNH Beaver Licensing Summary 1st May to 31st December 2019’ which was published on the 28 May 2020 and is available on their website at

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