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bird species as a result of continued efforts, all of which is positive news.”
He said he hoped the trust could support the need to undertake the reintroduction of species in a “considered manner”, which could positively contribute to the natural system of the area and ensure maximum benefits to the local environment and people using it.
Supporters of reintroducing lynx believe the cats would bring a range of benefits, including helping to control deer numbers, reducing damage to the forest and improving habitat for smaller animals, as well as providing ecotourism opportunities.
Opponents, such as the National Sheep Association, have raised concerns about the potential impacts, including losses of livestock and the welfare of the wild animals released into the “busy, industrial forest”.
NSA chief executive, Phil Stocker, said: “We strongly believe this is the right decision on ecological, social and agricultural grounds.
“Today’s victory is not just for farmers but for the ecology of the area, the rural community and the farming economy.
“The threat of the lynx against sheep was very real and we could not be happier that this isn’t a risk our members will have to face.”
Lynx disappeared from Britain in about 700AD