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Friday, 9 December 2011

Scottish Wildcat (Felis sylvestris grampia)

Click here to visit the Scottish Wildcat Association
I mentioned before that I was planning to get more involved in Scottish Wildcat conservation and this winter I will be setting camera traps in the hope that I can gather evidence of their presence.

In late summer 2010 I witnessed a large cat stalking a hare at night which, at a distance, looked very much like a wild cat; but there was no way of establishing if it was pure bred, hybrid or a feral cat.

I've also seen foot prints and faeces on several occasions since which lead me to believe they are about in this area.

The Scottish Wildcat Association is charitable organisation dedicated to protecting and conserving Britain's only remaining wild feline and through their wildcat haven project are working hard, not only to improve this cat's chances of survival long term but also its population expansion into areas from which it has disappeared.

Click here to visit the Scottish Wildcat Association



If you care about the plight of the Scottish Wildcat you can help either as a volunteer or with fund raising by becoming a member of the association.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Ron,
    I had a motor caravan in 1978 and parked at one end of Loch Garten in a small pull in.Early morning I saw 6 wildcats who scampered up the pine trees by the water,then after hissing at me scampered down and swam across a small inlet to get away.I felt priviliged to have seen them.
    Keep up the good work.
    Dave Winter (Brassiclint)

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  2. Are you a member of the Scottish Wildcat Association? They have not updated their 'Wildcat Haven'project since December 2010. They claim it will be updated this winter but meanwhile they ask for donations. I live in this area and I believe thay are simply taking credit for the good work done by the Cat Protection League ( I am not a member) Think twice before you give money to a 'charitable organisation'.

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  3. Thanks Dave
    Sorry I didn't reply earlier. You were lucky to observe them. Gives you a great feeling, doesn't it.
    Ron

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