Michael Gove has written to the Lynx UK Trust in response to their application to release six Eurasian Lynx into Kielder Forest, Northumberland. Based on Natural England’s advice, the Secretary of State has decided to refuse the application.
Based on Natural England’s advice, the Secretary of State has decided to refuse the application as it was determined, through scientific advice, that it did not meet the necessary standards set out in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines.
An additional consideration found that the application did not comprehensively provide the necessary information required for Defra to be confident in the success of this proposal.
NFU senior countryside adviser Claire Robinson said: “The Government’s decision to reject the application from the Lynx UK Trust to reintroduce lynx into the Kielder Forest will come as an enormous relief to the farmers in the area.
“The NFU’s opposition has always been underpinned by our concerns about the impact lynx could have on the welfare of livestock. The Secretary of State himself notes that the application had failed to demonstrate ‘local buy-in’ and Natural England’s evidence says that the NFU’s concerns were not addressed.
“The NFU will continue to monitor this specific case and respond accordingly to any developments.”