Lynx … rewilding Britain

Date of disappearance: Around 1,000 years ago.

Reason: Loss of habitat and hunting.

Special power: Lynx help woodlands regenerate by controlling roe deer and invasive species such as sika deer. They can also reduce fox numbers.

Suitability for reintroduction: Excellent. These shy, elegant animals prefer woodland. They would have ample tree cover in parts of Scotland and northern England. They live across Europe and have been successfully released into Switzerland.