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British Wildlife 32.1 October 2020

Comment: Reintroductions – are they always a good thing?

Species reintroductions and translocations are fast becoming familiar techniques in conservation – but is this always the right approach? Having been heavily involved with past reintroduction projects, Ian Carter takes a step back to look at some of the issues associated with reintroductions and raises some philosophical considerations.

There has been a surge of interest in species reintroductions and translocations in recent decades and it shows no sign of abating. The winner and both runners-up in this year’s ‘Wildlife Success of the Year’ category in the BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Awards were reintroduc­tion projects. Moving animals and plants from place to place is becoming the norm, rather than the exception, in conservation management; many nature reserves now support at least a handful of species that are present only because someone has put them there.

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