Response to Natural England

Northumberland National Park Authority has provided a formal written response to Natural England on the proposed trial reintroduction of Lynx into Kielder Forest.

The advice follows a special authority meeting held in public which took place on 27 April at Northumberland National Park Authority’s HQ in Hexham, where members considered the application by the Lynx Trust UK to reintroduce the Eurasian Lynx to the wider Kielder area, an area which is adjacent to the Northumberland National Park.

As a relevant statutory and key advisory body, Natural England has asked Northumberland National Park Authority to comment on a number of specific areas in the trial proposal which will help to inform their advice to Defra.

The specific areas Northumberland National Park Authority addressed in its response included the overall objectives of the trial, its location and the potential environmental, social and economic impacts and benefits.

The National Park Authority has advised that for a number of reasons, including insufficient public consultation, the case for a trial at Kielder has not been proven.  The Authority has further urged Natural England to consider the wider implications of a full reintroduction in Kielder alongside this application for a limited trial.

Click here to read the Natural England – NNPA response to Lynx Proposal