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Gove rejects lynx reintroduction licence

Gove rejects lynx reintroduction licence

06 Dec 2018

Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove, has rejected proposals to reintroduce lynx into Kielder Forest, Northumberland in a letter written to the Lynx UK Trust.

Mr Gove decided not to grant a licence for the reintroduction following an assessment by Natural England, which concluded that the application "does not meet the necessary standards set out in the IUCN guidelines and fails to give confidence that the project outputs would meet the stated aims". 

The letter cited lack of stakeholder engagement, budget and Ecological Impact Assessment as reasons for declining the licence. Mr Gove stated "the government remains committed to providing opportunities for the reintroduction of formerly native species, as outlined in the 25 Year Environment Plan..."

As the proposals had such high public interest, Defra have published the letter alongside Natural England’s advice to the Secretary of State.

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