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Sunday, March 06, 2005
 
Why long lost beaver will soon give a dam about the Highlands

JEREMY WATSON
27 February 2005

THEY ARE much admired by engineers and children, but the great outdoors of Scotland will have seen nothing like them for more than 400 years.

Electronically-tagged beavers are to be set free into the wild under a new £500,000 plan designed by government scientists.

Scottish Natural Heritage wants to release up to 20 of the dam-building, aquatic animals on a wildlife reserve in Argyll as part of an ambitious programme to reintroduce extinct species back into the country.

If approved by the Scottish Executive, the beavers will be imported from Norway and held in quarantine pens before release next spring.

They will be tracked electronically to ensure they do not stray outside the trial area in Knapdale Forest on to surrounding land.

From: The Scotsman

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