We need to be sure of the lynx effect
The choice by the Lynx (UK) Trust of Kielder Forest, Northumberland, as its preferred site for a trial introduction of the Eurasian Lynx has once again brought the rewilding debate back into focus. As yet no formal application has been made for a trial. There has been no official consultation by Natural England – or for that matter Scottish Natural Heritage, as the range of any adult lynx would bring it across the border. The Lynx (UK) Trust has staged its own meeting at Kielder, which at 250 square miles is England’s largest forest, to gauge opinion on what such a reintroduction might entail, sell the benefits, and hear what other interested parties, not least the farming community, have to say.