We are surveying locations across the UK and meeting with local communities in those areas, to identify potential release sites for a trial reintroduction of lynx.
We will work closely with local communities, stakeholders and the general public to improve understanding of lynx and their place in our ecosystem.
Selected reintroduction sites will provide soft releases for a small number of closely monitored lynx, as part of a scientifically led trial reintroduction.
Welcome to the Lynx UK Trust, a group of conservationists dedicated to reintroducing the lynx back into the ecosystem of the British Isles.
The Eurasian lynx, an original native of the British Isles, is a medium sized felid that has been forced out of much of Western Europe by habitat destruction and human persecution over the last 2000 years. The last of the British lynx disappeared around the year 700.
Focused on hunting deer species and a variety of smaller mammal prey, the lynx is a legendarily elusive creature, known by ancient cultures around the world as a mysterious 'Keeper of Secrets' that rarely leaves the forest.
This solitary and secretive nature means that they present no threat to humans and it is exceptionally rare for them to predate on agricultural animals. Their presence will return a vital natural function to our ecology helping control numbers of deer and a variety of agricultural pest species whilst protecting forestry from deer damage caused by overpopulation.
Reintroductions into other European countries have been a remarkable success, with the best managed programs constructing whole new eco-friendly industries such as wildlife tourism around their presence, breathing new economic life into remote rural communities.
With no natural threats and bringing a great range of benefits to humans, the time is perfect to bring back the lynx to the British Isles.
The Lynx UK Trust is made up of a group of expert feline conservationists with specialisations in areas such as wildlife reintroductions, field research, ecology, biology and genetics, determined to return a sustainable population to the UK over the next decade.
We are currently engaged in a range of research to identify potential release sites and carrying out stakeholder and public consultations on the reintroduction of these cats to the UK.
This website serves as a basic overview of our objectives which is periodically updated; please join our social networks to keep up with the latest news (click for Facebook or Twitter; it's going to be an exciting time ahead!
02/02/2017: LOCAL CONSULTATION MEETINGS ONGOING AROUND KIELDER
Since August 2016 we've been holding regular local community meetings all over the Kielder region, as well as door knocking and speaking to local businesses, this work is ongoing into spring, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest meetings and events news.
After months of local consultations and research at a number of proposed trial release sites across the UK, we have identified Kielder in Northumberland and Borders as our preferred location, and local level consultations will now begin in the area with stakeholder organisations and the local community; you can find further updates on the consultation page!
We've spent much of the last six months speaking in detail to national stakeholders about our ideas for a trial reintroduction, and listening to their thoughts and feedback. As we near the halfway point in the consultation process (we'll shortly be switching to local stakeholder consultations) we've published some of the responses and feedback so far, along with a more detailed breakdown of the public survey we carried out in Spring last year; you can find both on our publications page. More news soon!
After wonderful support across the UK media and on social networks, our initial survey of public opinion on a lynx reintroduction trial attracted over 9000 responses with approval rates as high as 91%; you can find some more details on the figures on our publications page.
With such strong public support for such a rewilding project, we have spent the summer gathering research and opinion from across Europe and looking in detail at the range of effects a lynx reintroduction could have on the UK. Today, we offer up the results of that research alongside the launch of a National Stakeholder Consultation to gather detailed opinion from groups like landowners, farmers, gamekeepers and conservationists on a trial reintroduction in 2017.
We have contacted a huge list of stakeholders directly, but if you haven't heard from us or feel there is anyone else we should be talking to you can find details of the consultation and all the groups we have already contacted on our National Stakeholder Consultation page.
This national consultation will run to near the end of the year, at which point the potential release sites will be narrowed down and further detailed consultations will take place at a local level around those sites.
After that, we'll be formally asking permission from statutory agencies in Scotland and England to go ahead with a trial reintroduction, so if you feel you might be impacted by a return of lynx, now's the time to get involved, learn more about it, and make sure your voice is heard!
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