The Trust is carrying out genetics research to find the closest surviving relative of the British lynx and surveying habitats for the best locations to reintroduce.
With some of the most experienced feline captive breeders in the world the Trust will build a captive population of lynx to be soft released back into the wild.
Carefully assessed reintroduction sites will provide soft release locations for lynx, and act as a centre point for monitoring and support of the population.
Welcome to the Lynx UK Trust, a charitable organisation dedicated to reintroducing the lynx back into the ecosystem of the British Isles.
The Eurasian lynx, an original native of the British Isles, is a medium sized cat that has been forced out of much of Western Europe by habitat destruction and human persecution over the last 2000 years. The last of the British lynx disappeared around the year 500.
Focused on hunting deer species and smaller prey such as rabbit and hare, the lynx is a legendarily elusive creature, known by ancient cultures around the world as a mysterious 'Keeper of Secrets' that rarely leaves the forest.
This solitary and secretive nature means that they present no threat to humans and it is exceptionally rare for them to predate on agricultural animals. Their presence will return a vital natural function to our ecology helping control numbers of deer and a variety of agricultural pest species whilst protecting forestry from deer damage caused by overpopulation.
Reintroductions into other European countries have been a remarkable success, with the best managed programs constructing whole new eco-friendly industries such as wildlife tourism around their presence, breathing new economic life into remote rural communities.
With no natural threats and bringing a great range of benefits to humans, the time is perfect to bring back the lynx to the British Isles.
The Lynx UK Trust is made up of a group of expert feline conservationists with specialisations in areas such as field research, ecology, biology, genetics and captive breeding, determined to return a sustainable population to the UK over the next decade.
We are currently engaged in a range of research to identify the sub-species of lynx most closely related to the extinct British form, and assessing sites throughout the British Isles for their feasibility as release locations and ongoing habitats for lynx.
The group is currently in the process of registering as a charity and will be fully launched in 2013, this temporary website serves as the most basic overview of our objectives and will be expanded upon in the new year, in the meantime, please join our social networks to keep up with the latest news, it's going to be an exciting time ahead!
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SITE UPDATETemporary website construction last updated JULY 24TH 2014
We are currently in ongoing talks with statutory agencies around the UK regarding licensing for reintroductions of lynx; this is a process which could take quite some time unfortunately. We'll be slowly adding to this website over that time and posting any immediate news onto our Facebook and Twitter pages; please give us a like!
We will begin accepting donations in the near future via Paypal and other methods. Sponsorships and merchandise will also be available soon.
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