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NFU Scotland calls reintroduction of lynx 'brazen' and 'misjudged'

NFU Scotland's Vice President, Rob Livesey, has called Lynx Trust UK's application to reintroduce lynx to the UK "brazen" and "misjudged".

It follows the announcement thatthe conservationists' preferred site for a trial reintroduction to take place is Kielder Forest, spanning Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

In a scathing statement, the Borders livestock farmer and NFU Scotland Vice President referred to the announcement as "brazen and presumptuous":

This most recent statement from the Lynx UK Trust is the latest in a line of brazen and presumptuous announcements from this organisation.

The process for securing permission for the trial release of lynx is long and complex and any application would be subject to considerable analysis and debate.

NFU Scotland is confident that any application by the Lynx UK Trust will receive robust scrutiny, and that the Trust’s expectation of a ‘speedy and positive’ response from Scottish Natural Heritage is misplaced and misjudged.

Farmers and crofters should be confident that NFU Scotland, as a member of the National Species Reintroduction Forum, will represent their best interests and ensure this application is thoroughly scrutinised. If the interests of farming and crofting could be put at risk, NFU Scotland will take all necessary steps to stop this happening.

– Rob Livesey, NFU Scotland Vice President

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