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Scottish forest identified for lynx reintroduction

2020-9-1 13:41| 发布者: hujian| 查看: 40| 评论: 0

摘要: Image copyrightDan O’Sullivan/Lynx UK TrustImage captionThe lynx was once common in Europe  A forest near Loch Lomond has been>  The Lynx UK Trust is launching a public consultation on plans to> ...
Image copyrightDan O’Sullivan/Lynx UK Trust
Image captionThe lynx was once common in Europe

  A forest near Loch Lomond has been>

  The Lynx UK Trust is launching a public consultation on plans to>

  It says it would be perfect for the Eurasian lynx which eats deer.

  But Forestry and Land Scotland has said there are no plans to reintroduce lynx to Scotland.

  Farmers' leaders have described the plans as "wholly unacceptable".

  Lynx were wiped out in the UK by fur hunting and loss of habitat about 1,300 years ago.

  A previous application to>

  The then UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove said government advisers had "particular concerns in a number of areas" - including worries over "organisational resilience", funding and a>

'Success story'

  The Lynx UK Trust said discussions with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) about the proposed Scottish>

  The trust claims Eurasian lynx are "a success story in European conservation", following reintroductions in countries such as Germany, France and Switzerland.

Image copyrightDan O’Sullivan/Lynx UK Trust
Image captionThe forest habitat>

  Director of Lynx UK Trust Dr Paul O'Donoghue said: "The Queen Elizabeth Forest park is a lynx paradise, it ticks all the boxes; high deer densities, extensive forest cover, extremely low human population density and no major roads.

  "We have>

  Dr O'Donoghue said widespread community support was "vital".

  "This will not be imposed on anyone," he added. "Rather we see this as an opportunity to build strong networks with partners and stakeholders to deliver what is undoubtedly, the most exciting and large scale conservation project ever proposed in Scotland."

Kill rate

  The trust claims no attacks on humans have ever been recorded by a healthy, wild Eurasian lynx anywhere in the world.

  It added that they are "not significant livestock predators", citing figures indicating the average kill rate across Europe was 0.4 sheep, per lynx, per year.

Image copyrightDan O’Sullivan/Lynx UK Trust
Image captionFarmers have grave concerns about the threat to livestock

  Any proposal to introduce lynx in Scotland would be likely to>

  NFU Scotland's environment and land use committee chairman Angus MacFadyen said: "NFU Scotland remains crystal clear that any proposals to re-introduce predators such as lynx are wholly unacceptable to Scottish farmers and crofters.

  "The past three to four years have seen a long line of brazen and presumptuous claims from Lynx UK Trust about the imminent reintroduction of lynx to the UK.

  "Its only application to date, to reintroduce lynx to Kielder, was rejected."

Norwegian woods

  Farmers have cited the example of Norway as showing the threat posed by a species such as the lynx to sheep farmers in particular.

  NFU Scotland Vice President Martin Kennedy said: "On a study trip to Norway in Autumn 2017, an NFUS delegation heard that Norwegian authorities paid out compensation on 20,000 sheep lost to predators.

  "Of the sheep killed in Norway, wolverine accounted for around 34% of losses with the lynx, bear and wolf accounting for 21%, 15% and 9% respectively."

  He added: "Predation in Norway has reduced over the past decade - not because of fewer predators, but the fact that hill farmers have simply stopped keeping sheep."

  SNH has confirmed talks have taken place with Lynx UK Trust, adding: "We are aware of plans by Lynx UK Trust to submit a licence application for the reintroduction of lynx.

  "We met with the organisation on March 9th for an informal pre-application discussion at the request of the applicant.

  "During the meeting we clarified what information would be expected to support an application to reintroduce lynx to Scotland, in line with the Scottish Code for Conservation Translocations."

  A spokesperson for Forestry and Land Scotland said: "The Scottish government has been very clear that there are no plans to reintroduce lynx or any other large carnivores into Scotland, including on any part of the land that we manage.

  "It remains the case - as we had advised in 2018 when this>

  "We are not working with any groups exploring the possibility of re-introducing lynx to any part of the land that we manage and have no plans to do so."



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