Press release

Natural England statement on the possible introduction of lynx

Any application to introduce lynx into England would need serious consideration in terms of its impact right across the UK.

The Eurasian lynx has been absent from Britain for about 1300 years. As it is no longer recognised as a resident species, the release of lynx into the wild in Britain would be unlawful unless licensed. Natural England is the appropriate licensing body in England. So far Natural England has had a single preliminary meeting with the Lynx Trust’s legal advisers to describe the extensive process that would need to be undertaken before any licence submission could be considered.

Any application to introduce lynx into England would need very serious consideration in terms of its impact right across the UK. If such an application were made, Natural England would consider it in line with prevailing legislation; international guidelines; following proper public consultation and evidence gathering, and taking into account any input from government.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines consider the socio-economic impacts of the introduction as well as impacts on the environment and the animals themselves.