Indoor Event, 7.00-8.30pm (doors open 6.20pm)
The Scottish Beaver Trial is a partnership project between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and host Forestry Commission Scotland to undertake a time-limited, 5 year trial reintroduction of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) to Knapdale, Mid-Argyll. It is the first ever formal reintroduction of a mammal species in the UK and the first beavers were released in May 2009. The Trial will run until 2014. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) coordinates the independent scientific monitoring of the trial, reporting progress to the Scottish Government. Simon Jones from SNH will update us on the progress of this fascinating project and what we have learned so far.
A native of South Shields, Simon began his involvement with nature conservation as a volunteer in Gateshead in 1991. After a period as a Reserves Warden for the Cleveland Wildlife Trust he moved on to work in a variety of posts in New Zealand, London and the East Midlands before settling in Scotland. He has managed the Scottish Beaver Trial since 2007. This lecture is supported by OPAL.
Venue: Great North Museum: Hancock, Barras Bridge NE2 4PT