Farm leaders have hailed the UK Government’s decision to reject plans to reintroduce lynx into the Kielder Forest in Northumberland.
Lynx UK Trust
The prospect of Eurasian lynx being released in Scotland will move a step closer in the next few weeks when campaigners hold a public meeting in Argyllshire.
The group advocating a trial release of Eurasian lynx in the Borders has turned the tables on the sheep industry by proposing that profits from ecotourism could be used to improve lamb welfare.
Conservationists in the Highlands have welcomed a bid to reintroduce lynx to Britain as an opportunity to control deer numbers and boost the economy.
A planning application for a trial reintroduction of lynx in Kielder forest is likely to be submitted this summer.
Aberdeenshire may soon be feeling the lynx effect.
An official application to bring lynx back to Scotland will be submitted this summer and could result in the big cats roaming Britain for the first time in 1,300 years.
A group hoping bring back big cats to the woodlands of the north-east after an absence of 1,300 years has hit back at claims its efforts could "alienate" farmers and landowners.
Farmers fears their livestock could be under threat from plans to reintroduce a big cat to the wild.
A big cat extinct from the Scottish countryside for almost 1,500 years could present a risk to livestock if it is reintroduced in Aberdeenshire, experts have warned.