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National Stakeholder Consultation on Trial UK Lynx Reintroduction

We intend to apply for a licence in 2016 to trial the reintroduction of lynx to the wild for a period of five years; recognising that this is a significant step for both conservation and ecological science in the UK, we are currently carrying out a detailed and pro-active stakeholder consultation.

In October 2015, documents outlining an extensive, transparent and fully inclusive consultation and reintroduction process, as well as a range of research on the impact lynx reintroduction is likely to have on the UK, were sent to a range of stakeholders at a national level requesting feedback. You can find a list of the organisations contacted below, if you feel your interests are not represented by any of the groups, or you would simply like to recommend other groups for the process you can contact us at consultation@lynxuk.org.

The Documents provide detailed information and asked the sole authorised representatives of national stakeholder groups in both England and Scotland to convey their views to us in order to move on to the next stages of consultation.

The response period initially ran for six weeks, from the end of October 2015 to the beginning of December 2015 during which the views of national stakeholder groups were sought. A number of stakeholders requested further time to respond, for varying reasons, resulting in a 1st April 2016 end date to this process (although any response sent at a later date will be reviewed and taken account of as far as possible).

On 28th April 2016 the interim document was published, which sets out key themes and issues for discussion, which have been identified from an initial review of the written responses received. We will now begin to reach out to all stakeholders who provided official written responses to the initial stage of the national consultation, in order to discuss the points raised in those responses. We will also be holding a stakeholder forum event in June, which is further detailed in the interim document and on which full details will be passed to all interested stakeholders.

A significantly more detailed document, presenting and analysing all data collected during the consultation, will be provided to statutory agencies as a part of the licensing process. The same document will be published along with all responses (whilst maintaining full anonymity).

Please read the interim document for full details of this process as it proceeds.


Responding to the consultation

You can still respond to the initial phase of the consultation, despite the fact that the deadline has now passed. Whislt we cannto guarantee that we will respond to such a response, to make an official response please follow the link below to an online questionnaire, with questions relating to those highlighted in the consultation documents:

If you have any questions regarding this consultation process or the contents of the documents, contact us via email at consultation@lynxuk.org. We stress that this is only the initial stage of this extensive consultation process, which will extend onwards into the summer; any concerns raised in official responses will be fully addressed during the next stage of the consultation.


Documents

Release of these documents is being staggered to avoid any risk of website crashes, stakeholder representatives can request any of the documents direct from us via e-mail (consultation@lynxuk.org), download versions will appear here over the coming week. You can find copies of the documents for download listed below:


Stakeholder organisations contacted

Representatives from the below list of organisations have been asked to formally comment on our trial reintroduction proposals, they are in no way affiliated or partnered with us, and are listed here purely as reference.

England
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Beef and Lamb
Angling Trust
Birdlife International
Botanical Society of the British Isles
British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC)
British Association of Nature Conservationists
British Big Cats Society
British Deer Farms and Parks Association
British Deer Society
British Ecological Society
British Mountaineering Council
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
British Trust for Ornithology
British Veterinary Association
Buglife
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Butterfly Conservation
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
Church of England
Country Land and Business Association
Countryside Alliance
DEFRA
The Deer Initiative
English Heritage
Environment Agency
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)
Flora and Fauna International
Forestry Commission
Friends of the Earth
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Greenpeace UK
Historic England
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
John Muir Trust
Lake District National Park
Landscapes for Life
Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)
MOD
Moorland Association
National Farmers' Union (NFU)
National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs
National Gamekeepers Organisation
National Parks UK
National Sheep Association
National Trust
Natura 2000
Natural England
Natural History Museum
Norfolk Broads National Park
Northumberland National Park
Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)
Plantlife
Ramblers
Rare Breed Survival Trust
Rewilding Britain
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
Songbird Survival
The Game Conservancy Trust
The Mammal Society
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
The Wildlife Trusts
Tree Heritage
UK Big Cats
UK Land and Farms
UK National Wildlife Crime Unit
United Utilities
UPM Tilhill (UK)
Vincent Wildlife Trust
Visit England
Wildlife and Countryside Link
Wildlife Heritage Foundation
Wildwood Trust
Woodland Trust
WWF


Scotland
Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
Association of Deer Management Groups
Association of Salmon Fishery Boards (ASFB)
British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)
Beaver-Salmonid Working Group (BSWG)
Biological Recording in Scotland Campaign (BRISC)
Birdlife International
Blackface Sheep Breeders' Association
Botanical Society of Scotland
Botanical Society of the British Isles
British Association of Nature Conservationists
British Big Cats Society
British Deer Farms and Parks Association
British Deer Society
British Growers Association
British Mountaineering Council
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
British Veterinary Association
Buglife
Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Butterfly Conservation Scotland
Cairngorms National Park Authority
Central Scotland Forest
Central Scotland Green Network
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Confederation of Scottish Local Authorities
Country Land and Business Association
C-N-Do Scotland
Community Woodlands Association
Confederation of Forest Industries
Contours Walking Holidays
Countryside Alliance
Countryside Management Association
Crofting Commission
Defence Deer Management
Eadha Enterprises
Farming Futures
Flora and Fauna International
Forestry Commission Scotland
Forestry Contracting Association
Friends of the Earth Scotland
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Glenmore Lodge
Greenpeace Scotland
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Highland Birchwoods
Highland Foundation for Wildlife
Hillwalk Tours Scotland
Historic Scotland
Institute of Chartered Foresters
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
Invasive Non-Native Specialist Association (INNSA)
IUCN Scotland
John Muir Trust
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Keep Scotland Beautiful
Landscapes for Life
Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF)
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
National Farmers' Union of Scotland (NFU)
National Gamekeepers Organisation
National Museums of Scotland
National Parks Authority
National Parks UK
National Sheep Association
National Trust for Scotland
Native Woods Cooperative Scotland
Natura 2000
Natural History Museum (Aubrey Manning Gallery)
Outdoor Capital of the UK
Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES)
Plantlife
Quality Meat Scotland
Ramblers Scotland
Rare Breed Survival Trust
Reforesting Scotland
Royal Association British Dairy Farmers (RABDF)
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS)
Royal Scottish Forestry Society
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland (RSPB)
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
Scotland Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust
Scotland's Bird Club
Scotland's Finest Woods Awards
Scotland's National Nature Reserves
Scotland's Soils
Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society
Scottish Anglers National Association
Scottish Animal Welfare
Scottish Association of Young Farmers Club
Scottish Canals
Scottish Countryside Ranger Association
Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group
Scottish Crofting Federation
Scottish Dairy Cattle Association
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Environment LINK
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Scottish Forestry Trust
Scottish Gamekeepers Association
Scottish Government
Scottish Landowners' Federation
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Government
Scottish Land and Estates
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA)
Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme
Scottish Water
Scottish Wildcat Association
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Songbird Survival
The Conservation Volunteers (Scotland)
The Game Conservancy Trust
The Heather Trust
The Highland Council
The Mammal Society
The Scottish Ornithologists' Club
The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
Trees for Life
UK National Wildlife Crime Unit
UPM Tilhill
Vincent Wildlife Trust
Visit Scotland
Walkabout Scotland
Walk Wild Scotland
Wildcat Haven
Wilderness Scotland
Wildlife Heritage Foundation
Wild Scotland
Wildwood Trust
Woodland Trust
WWF Scotland



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