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Highland Council Countryside Ranger helps with important wildcat conservation

I work as a Highland Council Countryside Ranger and have done so for five years on Skye, in Inverness-shire and I now cover Wester Ross. I am a born and bred Highlander passionate about the environment and the outdoors and keen to get the next generation to appreciate it and look after it.

As part of my role as a ranger I visit schools to teach children about their local environment. I absolutely love my job and believe everyone gets something positive about being outside.

Last week I visited Strathpeffer Primary with Keri, from Scottish Wildcat Action. We spent the whole day at the school and taught every class with the help of Wally the stuffed wildcat. The P7 class were introduced to camera trapping in the hope of capturing a wildcat or any other wildlife in this exciting area.  We also have a display in the community centre in Strathpeffer if any members of the public want to find out more. It was great to work alongside Keri and the children on this conservation project.

Photo: Jenny and Keri with Strathpeffer Primary children

Strathpeffer Primary children

The other parts of my fantastic job include working on community projects, looking after local sites and putting on events and guided walks.  Essentially we connect the Highlands’ two biggest assets; the people with their environment, something that is becoming more and more important.

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For more information about volunteering for the project, visit www.scottishwildcataction.org/how-you-can-help or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SaveOurWildcats.

Scottish Wildcat Action is the first national project to save the highly endangered Scottish wildcat from extinction. It is a partnership involving over 20 organisations, including, Scottish Natural Heritage, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), Cairngorms National Park Authority, Forestry Commission Scotland, National Museums Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. It is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Government, as well as its partners.

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Jenny works for one of the Scottish Wildcat Action partners, Highland Council. The council run a Countryside Ranger Service which aims to connect local people to their environment through events and conservation. You can find out more about their events at www.outdoorhighlands.co.uk. 

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