Woodland areas in North Devon could soon be set to see the return of the magnificent wildcat, the Lynx, with conservationists said to be considering suitable areas to reintroduce the species.
As reported nationally, the Lynx UK Trust ran a public survey, which showed support for the “re-wilding” of the cat that has been extinct in Britain for a staggering 1,300 years!
The cat, known for being solitary, and not thought to offer much of a threat to humans, originally lived in woodland areas across the country for thousands of years.
The Lynx lives on a diet of deer, foxes and birds, with the Trust saying that the importance of natural predators for a whole ecosystem is becoming significantly more apparent.
Britain’s largest wildcat was the Eurasian lynx which died out in the first millennium AD, from human persecution.
The Lynx UK Trust would release as many as 18 of the cats onto private estates if the plan is given the green light by Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage, and would see the lynx wearing radio tracking devices.
Once the Lynx UK Trust’s consultation is completed, it will lodge a formal application with Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage. So the next time you’re enjoying the views of North Devon around our holiday homes in Westward Ho! you may have the chance to spot this superb wild cat in a new natural habitat.