Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Arable Farming Magazine

Arable Farming Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

CropTec

LAMMA 2018

New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
Login or Register
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now
New to Farmers Guardian?
Register Now

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days
Already a Member?

Login | Join us now

Farmers warned over beaver population control

A series of measures have been announced to protect beavers in Scotland


Twitter Facebook
Twitter Facebook
Beaver populations are increasing in Scotland
Beaver populations are increasing in Scotland

Scottish Government Ministers said they were aware of the disruption beavers had caused to farming operations across the country, as they announced a series of measures to protect the species while a decision was taken on their long-term future.

 

Ministers have been working closely with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and senior animal health experts to provide advice to farmers and landowners impacted by the animals.

 

This includes:

  • Providing information on the beaver breeding season to further address issues regarding the harm of pregnant or lactating beavers with dependent young.
  • The possible use of Nature Conservation Orders, where evidence emerges welfare concerns are being ignored.
  • Continuing to advise on mitigation and alternatives to lethal control wherever possible.
  • When there are no other practicable options, making information available on the most humane methods of lethal control.

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said: “We understand there are those for whom beaver activity can pose problems – particularly farmers with low-lying areas, often with highly productive farms but which are at risk of flooding or waterlogging from the damming activities of beavers.

 

“We are working closely with SNH, who are providing advice on mitigation and alternatives to lethal control but also guidelines regarding welfare considerations arising from the shooting of beavers, where this is the only option available.”

 

Ms McLeod said she was concerned about beavers being killed during the breeding season and asked land managers to take heed of advice, particularly when there was likely to be dependent young and shooting was discouraged.

 

She added: “The use of Nature Conservation Orders are available to us and should evidence emerge that welfare concerns for beavers are being ignored, we will look to use these powers to protect beavers in specific areas.”


Read More

Official beaver recognition slammed by NFU Scotland Official beaver recognition slammed by NFU Scotland
The problem with beavers - farmers vent frustration as populations strengthen The problem with beavers - farmers vent frustration as populations strengthen

Twitter Facebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.
Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS