At the request of Scottish Government to establish up to date beaver numbers, and to support forthcoming work on beavers, SNH is to carry out a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland and Knapdale in the spring of 2017.
The survey will be founded on a repeat of the 2012 Tayside Beaver Study Group survey with a wider coverage of the known expansion of the species’ range in Tayside. The fieldwork will involve foot access to much of the riverbank across the Tay catchment and some water based survey effort working from canoe on the rivers. The survey will also include checking sporadic records of known locations in the Forth, close to the Tay catchment.
Surveyors will be looking for field signs and evidence of breeding family groups. It is hoped that fieldwork can begin in mid-April before the summer vegetation develops and while overwintering family groups are more obvious. Water based work is not likely until later in the spring when risks of spate conditions are expected to be smaller.
SNH would appreciate any records to help them target the survey.
SNH contacted Scottish Land & Estates to ask if we can make members aware of the proposed survey as it is proving difficult for them to contact all interested parties in advance of the survey work due to the large catchment size of the River Tay.