EFRA Committee consultation on the reintroduction of species - appeal for CLA South East members' views

EFRA currently seeking comments in a call for evidence on species reintroduction: From beavers to bison, what do you think?
White tailed eagle © R. Saunders1.jpg
Sea eagles divide opinion on the Isle of Wight. Photo credit: R. Saunders.

EFRA is currently seeking views in a call for evidence on species reintroduction, and the CLA is encouraging members to get involved.

Across the South East region we have already seen the reintroduction of white tailed eagles, beavers and a bison trial, and therefore many CLA members will have valuable experience to share.

The EFRA committee is interested in the following areas:

  • What role should species reintroductions play in the delivery of the government’s biodiversity and nature recovery goals? Should specific objectives/targets be set for species reintroduction?
  • How can the government maximise the potential benefits from species reintroduction, and ensure the correct species are reintroduced in the correct places?
  • What role should the Landscape Recovery and Local Nature Recovery Schemes, under ELMs, have in supporting species reintroduction?
  • How effective is current government policy and 2021 guidance in leading and managing species reintroductions? Should any changes be made to its policies and guidance?
  • What improvements can be made in how local communities, landowners and other land users are engaged and consulted on reintroduction proposals? What practical steps can be taken to reduce conflict with these groups?
  • How could the development of long-term management plans and regulatory regimes for reintroduced species control be improved?
  • What can the government do to help prevent unregulated species reintroductions?
  • What lessons could the UK government and Natural England learn from reintroduction in other jurisdictions, in Europe?

All responses need to be submitted by the closing date of Friday 6 January, 2023 here.

Please share your views with the CLA

The CLA is also keen to hear your opinions on species introductions and reintroductions, to help shape our lobbying and policy work.

We would be grateful if you could share your views on the above bullet points via mike.sims@cla.org.uk