Beavers were hunted out in Scotland by the 16th century and the Eurasian beaver was almost wiped out altogether across the continent by the beginning of the 20th century. After successful beaver reintroductions all over mainland Europe conservation organisations in the UK began to discuss bringing the beaver back in the 1990s. However, consultation led to disagreement and delay over years so some environmentalists decided to start a number of private demonstration projects in large enclosures. The first of these took place here at Bamff in 2002 when Paul and Louise Ramsay brought in two Norwegian beavers.
For the first time since it was hunted to extinction about 300 years ago, the beaver was officially designated as a native British species by the Scottish environment secretary in November 2016.