March 3rd 2023.
Beavers may be able to come back to Glen Affric as early as this fall. Trees for Life, a conservation charity, is applying to NatureScot - formerly known as Scottish Natural Heritage - for a license for the reintroduction of the animals to the glen. They are also supported by four landowners and Forestry & Land Scotland, another Scottish Government agency. Alan McDonnell, Conservation Manager at Trees for Life, stated: “We have made sure to include everyone’s voices in the consultation process, which is essential to our recommendations. We are very thankful to everyone who was involved.” He continued, “The return of beavers to Glen Affric would be a sign of hope and revitalization- these creatures can help us with the climate and nature emergencies. They create wetlands that store carbon, prevent flooding downstream and improve water quality. We think it is important for the public to be involved in observing how the beavers progress in the future.” Trees for Life also addressed that there has been a few beavers on the rivers Glass and Beauly for the past 10 years, and the incidents of them affecting people's interests have been minor.
This is just one of the many stories of wildlife that can be found on Scottish Field's pages, as well as Andy Dobson's article about rockpools in the March edition of Scottish Field magazine.
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