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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11118: Hamilton, Rachael (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what consideration it has given to the cross-border implications for livestock farmers in the Scottish Borders arising from the proposal to reintroduce lynx to the Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 14 September 2017

Natural England is currently considering an application for a licence to release lynx at Kielder Forest on the English side of the border. The Scottish Government has agreed with Natural England that Scottish Government views on the application will be taken into account in considering the application, given the cross-border implications of any decision to release lynx at that location. The likely impacts on livestock will form a key part of the views submitted by the Scottish Government.