Community perspectives on the reintroduction of Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to the UK

Hawkins, Sally, Brady, Deborah, Mayhew, Michael ORCID logo ORCID: , Smith, Darrell ORCID logo ORCID: , Iversen, Sara, Lipscombe, Steven, White, Chris, Eagle, Adam and Convery, Ian ORCID logo ORCID: (2020) Community perspectives on the reintroduction of Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to the UK. Restoration Ecology, 28 (6). pp. 1408-1418.

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The potential for the reintroduction of Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to the UK gained considerable attention in 2017 when the Lynx UK Trust announced their intention to apply for a licence to hold a controlled trial reintroduction of lynx in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, an application which was denied in 2019 by the then Secretary of State Michael Gove MP. The historical extirpation of large carnivores in the UK has resulted in communities, populations and landscapes with little or no experience of coexistence with large predators. Whilst charismatic carnivores have significant cultural symbolism and are often promoted as flagship species for conservation and rewilding, their reintroduction presents challenges for conservation and rewilding in practice, not least in terms of managing often vehement opposition. This article presents findings from the initial consultation process and considers the lessons learnt from the methodological approach. In particular, while the incomplete consultation centred on a community‐based approach, there were several factors which constrained public participation, information sharing and transparent communications integral to this. These are identified and explored here using qualitative data collected during the local consultation, with the intention of informing any similar reintroduction projects.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Restoration Ecology
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1526-100X
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2020 11:10
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 11:16


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