To: Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Scottish Parliment

Save the beavers of Beauly Scotland

Save the beavers of Beauly Scotland

Reverse your decision to trap and possibly kill the free beavers of Beauly, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Let the live as they are doing no harm but only good and allow proper scientific study and monitoring.

Why is this important?

The beaver is the most important, formerly native, animal to Britain that could create landscapes that protect our native plants and animals. They also save taxpayers money in water treatment and flood management costs. The beaver was hunted to extinction and we have a duty to bring them back to our rivers. The effects of beavers will improve water quality, reduce flooding and help turn our river banks back into wildlife havens. This is resisted by some groups who want to exploit our river banks for private gain or fear change in the countryside.
1. The beaver family in the Beauly is not causing any problems and is popular with locals
2. They did not come from illegal releases so there is no need for SNH to make an example of them.
3. They have been there for 5 years or more and are breeding. Kits have been seen this year.
4. Trees for Life are fundraising to run a licensed beaver project in that area and would like to study and add to the existing beaver population.
5. Without this it could take decades for beavers to disperse naturally to the north of the Cairngorms.
6. Trapping these beavers is a waste of public money and a pointless animal welfare risk.

How it will be delivered

We aim to hand the petition to Roseanna Cunningham by members of the campaign group with press support

Beauly

Reasons for signing

  • does Scotland really care about wildlife tourism ? Saw these animals in Argyll. delightful.
  • Because they belong in the uk. We wiped them out in the first place so shouldn't do it again.
  • I signed because I would love to see these little creatures in the wild.

Updates

2017-07-27 13:45:58 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-07-27 09:05:48 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-07-26 23:54:31 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-26 23:00:43 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-26 22:29:59 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-26 22:22:04 +0100

See the beautiful beauly beavers in action - lets save these wonderful creatures: https://youtu.be/EVktbovrBBg

2017-07-26 22:03:38 +0100

10 signatures reached

2017-07-26 21:47:49 +0100

Family of beavers at Beauly to be captured
http://www.north-star-news.co.uk/News/Family-of-beavers-at-Beauly-to-be-captured-13072017.htm

2017-07-26 21:47:05 +0100

Battle is on to save beaver family
http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/battle-is-on-to-save-beaver-family

2017-07-26 21:46:15 +0100

Threat to new beaver family in the Highlands of Scotland https://treesforlife.org.uk/news/article/threat-to-new-beaver-family-in-the-highlands-of-scotland/

2017-07-26 21:45:49 +0100

"A family of beavers found living on a river in the Beauly area in the Scottish Highlands are to be trapped and put into captivity following a decision by Scottish Government Ministers.
Hear directly from our founder Alan Watson Featherstone why the beaver is an essential part of the ecosystem and how our Bring Back the Beavers appeal can help restore them to the Scottish Highlands."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2K4HGXTkgQ

2017-07-26 21:43:43 +0100

'It is strange to see the British struggling with the beaver': why is rewilding so controversial?https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/01/rewilding-conservation-ecology-national-trust

2017-07-26 21:37:58 +0100

Campaign to save Beauly beavers hots up - join the campaign on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/freebeavers/

2017-07-26 21:36:42 +0100

There is nothing illegal about the "Row over illegal beaver family found near Beauly http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-40593469