Large predator reintroduction

Tuesday 21 January 2014, 20:09

Tim Scoones Tim Scoones Excecutive Producer Springwatch

On Tuesday night's Winterwatch we showed a film that painted a picture of what the UK may have been like when it was covered in ancient forest, including the presence of large predators such as lynx, wolf and bears.

These large predators are long gone... though here at Mar Lodge there were wolves as recently as the 17th Century.

Some people talk about bringing them back, and some European countries have run pilot studies to do just that.

We know that this idea always prompts an interesting debate among our audience, so do use the Comments button below to let us know what you think. 

Could - or should - we re-introduce any of our ancient woodland large predators back to the UK?

As ever, we ask you to please respect the opinions of others.


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    Comment number 1.

    Re Urban foxes. There is a family of foxes living in the woods locally here in Monifieth, 7 miles east of Dundee. Occasionally one trots down our suburban private estate road during the night and one even ventured round to the back garden of my house, causing the security light to shine around 3 am.

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    Comment number 2.


    Urban foxes not seen in Kettering. We have one that thinks it lives in our garden and has done for many years! We see him when he looks through the conservatory windows as we have coffee. We also hear him calling at night.

    Chris & Kate of Kettering

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    Comment number 3.

    Large predators are essential to a functioning ecosystem.

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    Comment number 4.

    OK. This is based on wafer thin knowledge but I like the idea of re-introducing large predators. Wolves and lynx seem ok. I'll admit it's based more on romance than anything else. That we have to cull deer each year tells me something is out of whack but I wonder if we've gone too far to re-introduce these. Much of what I think is countryside is really a factory for producing milk and meat and I get it that wolves and sheep aren't a great combination (unless you're a wolf). Bring em back I say. Maybe with some compensation for farmers ?

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    Comment number 5.

    Rather than cull the red deer in the highlands I do believe that the natural predator should be re-introduced. The wolf should be bought back into the UK to ensure a balance. I would also like to see the introduction of the bear as well. There is no reason why we cannot make safe areas for these predators to ensure that they remain safe from human interference and can provide a natural resource to promote forest growth by controlling deer numbers.


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