The Beaver: Scotland’s Ally

Following the success of our first conference in 2015, ‘The Necessary Beaver’, we are excited to invite you to join us on 6 July 2019 at Battleby Conference Centre to celebrate and discuss the reintroduction of the Eurasian beaver in our 2019 conference, ‘The Beaver: Scotland’s Ally’

About the Conference

The European beaver is the first mammal to be reintroduced to the UK and is beginning to flourish in some parts of Scotland after a 400 year gap. However they are threatened by ongoing persecution – arising from a lack of understanding of their ecology and knowledge of what mitigation measures are available to deal with conflict when it  arises.

These remarkable mammals have a huge amount to offer us and can play a key role in the restoration of natural waterways, bringing a boom in biodiversity and amelioration of some of our worst environmental problems,
including flooding, drought and pollution, as well as assisting a growth in ecotourism.

Throughout the day, our list of prominent speakers will draw on European experience and visualise the future of the beaver in Scotland.

The Speakers

From how beavers can provide benefits in a productively farmed landscape to the co-existence of Beavers and Atlantic Salmon, it will be a packed day of fascinating presentations by the speakers below;

Andy Ford: Head of Conservation, Cairngorms National Park

Chris Jones: Organic Farmer & Environmental Educator, Cornwall Wildlife Trust

Mark Elliott: Beaver Project Lead, Devon Wildlife Trust

Gerhard Schwab: German Beaver Specialist 

Sir John Lister-Kaye: Nature Writer & Conservationist, Aigas Field Centre

Duncan Halley: Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

Sarah Robinson: Director of Conservation, Scottish Wildlife Trust

More Information

To learn more about our speakers, the subjects they will be discussing or to book your tickets please visit the link below before 1st July 2019:

If you have any other other queries about the event please contact our organiser Jean using the e-mail below;

Please mention when enquiring about this event!

Key Information




Scottish Wild Beaver Group


Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Policy & Legislation


Battleby Conference Centre, United Kingdom

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