How to reintroduce the lynx to the UK?

Hawkins, Sally ORCID logo ORCID: (2021) How to reintroduce the lynx to the UK? Le Courrier de la Nature . pp. 52-53.

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Is the UK ready for the lynx? No one can answer this question with certainty. However, experience shows that, rather than a top-down approach – decisions from above applied without consulting local populations – it will be more constructive to reflect in collaboration with local communities on what needs to be put in place in order to that the Eurasian lynx ( Lynx lynx ) can inhabit the United Kingdom. Lynx became extinct in the UK over 1300 years ago, bears and wolves followed soon after. This means that the present UK population have no experience of what it is like to live with large predators in their landscape. It is difficult to know the full impact this has had, together with a general decline in wild places, on British culture or psyches. Research indicates that long-term coexistence with predators and interaction with wild nature can positively effect creativity, adaptability, tolerance and awareness of the inter-dependencies between humans and other species, but more research is required in different contexts.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Le Courrier de la Nature
Publisher: SNPN
ISSN: 0011-047
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: Le Courrier de la nature special issue 2021 – Lynx. Article title in French: "Comment réintroduire le lynx au Royaume-Uni?"
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 13:47
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 20:15


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