Introduction and Background
The purpose of this consultation was to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to provide feedback on the policy decision to reintroduce beavers to Scotland and whether appropriate mitigation measures have been identified. Additionally, individuals were also able to comment on the Beavers in Scotland - Strategic Environmental Assessment, which was published 12 December 2017.
Aims & Objective
The aim of this report was to summarise the responses to the consultation on whether the Beavers in Scotland - Strategic Environmental Assessment had correctly identified the potential impacts and appropriate mitigation of beavers in Scotland.
The objective of this report is to summarise the consultation responses, suggestions, and comments relevant to the review of Beavers in Scotland - Strategic Environmental Assessment.
About the Consultation
The consultation was produced by the Scottish Government and was sent to a number of stakeholders through the Scottish Beaver Forum. It was also made available on the Scottish Government website at https://consult.gov.scot/forestry/beavers-in-scotland/ and advertised in the Edinburgh Gazette.
The consultation opened on 12 December 2017 and closed on 6 March 2018.
The consultation received 533 responses to the consultation. The majority of respondents were individuals (494) as well as key stakeholder organisations (39).
Analysis of Responses
Responses received were analysed to see whether the Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report had correctly identified potential impacts and appropriate mitigation measures regarding the reintroduction of beavers to Scotland.
The majority of respondents (83%) agreed with the reintroduction policy and were content that appropriate mitigation measures have been identified. However, there were some (mostly land managers) who noted that in order for the mitigation measures to work long-term funding and a management framework will be required.