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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?


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.


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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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Dr Andrew Kitchener

Scottish Wildcat Action Steering Group Chairman

Andrew is the Principal Curator of Vertebrates at National Museums Scotland and sits on the Steering Group for Scottish Wildcat Action. His pelage research helps us to identify Scottish wildcats from hybrids and other feral cats.

Before joining National Museums Scotland in 1988 as Principal Curator of Mammals and Birds, he was a researcher and field assistant at the BBC Natural History Unit, working on the series Supersense. In 2010 his remit broadened to include all vertebrates. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh and an Honorary Lecturer in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, University of Glasgow. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, a Trustee of the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group.

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Calum Hislop

Project Officer (Strathbogie Priority Area)

Calum is responsible for the Strathbogie Priority Area, based in Huntly. He's a qualified horticulturalist. Calum has worked in invasive species control for River Trusts. He was co-ordinator for a Leader Project in Aberdeenshire to create partnership-led approach to removing invasive plant species. He was also a Project Officer for SNH's SISI Project based around the rivers Dee and Don. Email 07733 308002

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Jenny Wemyss

Project Officer

Jenny is involved with the delivery of Scottish Wildcat Action’s Communications plan and the promotion of the project's key messages through our website and social media channels. She is based at Scottish Natural Heritage, in Inverness.

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