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Saving the Highland Tiger

Often referred to as the Tiger of the Highlands, it is striking, handsome and powerful, the very essence of a wild predator living by stealth and strength. Sadly, Scottish wildcats are now one of our most endangered mammals and are on the edge of extinction.

Urgent action is needed to save our wildcats. Building on a strong partnership keen to make a difference, Scottish Wildcat Action is the first national conservation plan with a vision to restore viable populations of Scottish wildcats north of the Highland fault line. We are committed to:

  • Working with local people in wildcat priority areas to reduce the risks of hybridisation, disease and accidental persecution;
  • Breeding healthy wildcats for later release to bolster the population through a conservation breeding programme;
  • Gathering extensive data and sharing our findings to improve understanding of this elusive predator.

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Dr Roo Campbell, sets up a motion-sensitive trail camera to monitor cats in the Scottish Highlands.

We have just five years to stop Scottish wildcats from disappearing. Only by working together can we hope to achieve this. Can you help?

SCOTTISH WILDCAT ACTION – PRIORITY AREAS

Priority Areas

Strathbogie, Angus Glens, Northern Strathspey, Morvern, or Strathpeffer.

We are starting with creating safe places for wildcats in these five priority areas. Find out more.

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The Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan

The action plan is the first evidence-based national activity plan that represents the contributions of leading wildcat experts from over 20 key organisations.

The story so far

Our Supporters

Check out a list of all the great organisations that help with funding and support.

The team

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Dr Roo Campbell

Priorities Area Manager

Dr Campbell is project manager for the priority areas programme of Scottish Wildcat Action. He has significant experience of carrying out research on the behaviour and ecology of Scottish wildcats and received his PhD in Zoology from Oxford University. He is based at Scottish Natural Heritage, Inverness.

email 

01463 725130

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Emma Rawling

Project Officer (Strathbogie)

Emma is responsible for the Strathbogie area and coordinating Scottish Wildcat Action's volunteers. She has previously worked as a wildlife ranger and warden, with species like red squirrels, ospreys and beavers, as well as being a vet nurse and working in animal welfare. She is based at the FES office near Elgin.

email

07733 308002

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Dr Keri Langridge

Project Officer (Northern Strathspey and Morvern)

Keri is responsible for Northern Strathspey and Morvern. She has extensive experience of working as an ecological consultant and has worked for Cat’s Protection. She is based at The National Trust for Scotland office.

email 

07920 181949

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David Barclay

Cat Conservation Project Officer

David is the Cat Conservation Project Officer for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and manages the conservation breeding programme for Scottish Wildcat Action. 

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Allan Bantick OBE

Steering Group Chair

Allan is the Chair of the Scottish Wildcat Action Steering Group. He was the Former Chair for Scottish Wildlife Trust; Founding Chair of the Scottish Beaver Trial; Trustee of Scottish Badgers; Member of the Scottish Environment Link Wildlife Crime Task Force; and Founder Member of the Scottish Species Reintroductions Forum.

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Nicola Tallach

Project Officer (Strathpeffer and Angus Glens)

Nicola is responsible for the Strathpeffer and Angus Glens. She has worked for SNH for 10 years as an Area Officer in Wester Ross and the Inner Moray Firth areas, working closely with a range of land managers to bring designated sites into favourable condition. She is based at SNH, Inverness. email

07799 342379

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Duncan McKenzie

Communications Co-ordinator

I'm responsible for the delivery of Scottish Wildcat Action’s Communications plan, marketing and promotion of the project's key messages through our website and social media channels. My role also involves media relations and PR.

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Dr Christopher Clegg

Biologist and Author

Christopher Clegg is a biological research scientist with numerous published articles to his name. He lived in Scotland for several years and returns there frequently, to walk over the many mountain peaks and along remote trails, with occasional encounters with local wildlife. He saw his first wildcat in the late 1990s. He has a lifelong interest in natural history and in recent years has captured many species on video using trail cameras, including footage of the Scottish wildcat.

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Dr Kerry Kilshaw

Research Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

Kerry is attached to the WildCRU Unit of Zoology at the University of Oxford. Her background and experience can be found here 

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