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SWA partners waving flag for the Scottish wildcat at international conservation conference

Caption: Here’s ‘Team Wildcat’ with Martin and Helen at the front, and joined by (from left to right) their facilitator Axel Moehrenschlager (Chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission RSG), together with Rebecca Lee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Jenny MacPherson of the Vincent Wildlife Trust, Carolyn Hogg of the University of Sydney and Katherine Walsh of Natural England.

SCOTTISH Wildcat Action (SWA) partners attended a valuable international conservationist conference last week to learn and highlight the plight of the Scottish wildcat.

Royal Zoological Society for Scotland Programme Manager Helen Senn and Scottish Natural Heritage’s lead on the SWA project Martin Gaywood were attending the gathering of professionals on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG).

They were joined at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) by colleagues from around the world and took part in an informative and hugely important workshop in conservation terms.

Martin Gaywood said: “The conference provided an excellent opportunity to discuss ideas, share experiences and learn about techniques used in conservation translocations.

“During the workshop different teams were set up to examine the challenges facing particular species projects.”

Both Helen and Martin used the opportunity to share the issues facing the Scottish wildcat.

Martin added: “The results were some interesting new perspectives on the wildcat story and we gained some valuable lessons from other species projects that will be taken back to Scotland to discuss with colleagues here.”


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