Home / Science & Research / Commissioned reports / The potential for reintroduction of Eurasian lynx to Great Britain The potential for reintroduction of Eurasian lynx to Great Britain: a summary of the evidenceJos M. Milner & R. Justin Irvine - Aug 2015 Photo by: Manfred A ZimmerFIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE REPORT This report was commissioned by the BDS in August after it was proposed that a reintroduction of lynx could help control Britain’s burgeoning deer population. The report gathers all current evidence about the lynx into one place, so an informed opinion can be formulated. It will be used to inform any responses the BDS may make during the consultation phase of any future applications to release lynx into the wild. It is also hoped to submit for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal by the authors. John Bruce, chairman of the BDS Research Committee, explains: “There have been many differing reports on lynx in the press. This report addresses some of the main issues around the proposals and refines the evidence found in similar release programmes. Readers will come to their own conclusions about the probability of conflict and the probity of releasing Lynx.”The BDS’s Scientific Advisor, Dr Alastair Ward, adds: “The BDS has been watching the debate with interest. We were keen to understand the pros and cons, particularly as they relate to deer and animal welfare, and to gather and synthesise this information from an independent, impartial source for the public good.” DOWNLOAD THE REPORT FURTHER READING Surveillance for Coronaviruses in Wildlife The British Deer Society is asking its members and supporters to assist with a surveillance study looking into coronaviruses in wildlife. This study aims to support the development of diagnostic tests, aid future surveillance, and improve preparedness for future coronavirus outbreaks. BDS CEO Goes Live On TalkTV To Promote Fact-led Deer Management David Mcauley, British Deer Society (BDS) CEO went live on TalkTV and Radio at the weekend to promote the importance of having more fact-led approaches in deer management, less sensationalism in the media around total UK deer numbers and to speak up for deer welfare. Deer Management in the UK: Sustainability Verses Eradication Recently, we received a heartfelt letter from a dedicated member of the British Deer Society (BDS), a seasoned deer stalker with 30 years of experience who was dismayed by the indiscriminate and unsustainable shooting of roe deer around his management areas. His words shed light on the evolving challenges faced by conscientious deer managers who prioritise legal and humane practices in an environment where not all shooters share the same values.