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Resources for schools and educational purposes.

BBC Scotland Schools Programme - Early/1st Level

Resources on Scottish wildcats for Schools Early/1st Level

BBC Scotland Schools Programme - 2nd Level

Resources on Scottish wildcats for Schools 2nd Level

Scottish wildcats: Naturally Scottish

A publication by Scottish Natural Heritage with information about Scottish wildcats, their breeding cycle, diet and habitat.

Fact file: Scottish wildcats

Fact file by the National Museums of Scotland.

Scottish Wildcat Action commissioned reports:

Breitenmoser, U., Lanz, T., and Breitenmoser-Würsten, C. (2019). Conservation of the wildcat (Felis silvestris) in Scotland: Review of the conservation status and assessment of conservation activities. IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group, Bern, Switzerland.

In spring 2018, the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan (SWCAP) Steering Group commissioned members of the IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group to carry out an independent review of the conservation status of the wildcat in Scotland and the conservation work done to date. The review was done based on the scientific literature and available reports. It provides recommendations for future action.

Research papers and resources from organisations within the Scottish Wildcat Action partnership:

SNH Species Action Framework Handbook (Wildcat Chapter) - 2007 to 2012

The Species Action Framework (SAF) was a five-year programme of targeted species management that covered 32 species ranging from sea eagles, to wildcats, pine hoverfly, woolly willow and invasive American mink.

It was led by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with about one hundred organisations. This is the Wildcat chapter which captures some of the knowledge and experiences gained before the current project, Scottish Wildcat Action, launched in 2015.

Genetic test for Scottish wildcats - April 2015

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) developed a genetic test to identify Scottish wildcats from hybrids and feral domestic cats.

SNH Nature Omnibus - Autumn 2014

Every year, Scottish Natural Heritage conduct a questionnaire with the general public about perceptions of Scotland's nature.

A diagnosis for the Scottish wildcat - pelage scoring protocol - Kitchener et al 2005

This pelage scoring protocol is a tool developed by Dr Andrew Kitchener of National Museums Scotland which helps to identify Scottish wildcats from hybrid ferals and tabby domestic cats.

Protocol for photographing dead or anaesthetised wild-living cat pelage - Kitchener

This protocol lays out how to take photographs of cats that are laid out in order for Dr Andrew Kitchener at the National Museums Scotland to identify whether it has wildcat or hybrid markings. For use by zoos, wildlife parks, staff, vets and volunteers.

Additional useful resources:

Predation of wildlife by domestic cats - Woods et al 2003

Based on research of domestic cats (Felis catus), the conclusion of this paper is that there are 9 million domestic cats in Great Britain, who caught 100 million prey items in 5 months.

Policy statement on neutering of cats - British Veterinary Association

BVA recommends that cats are neutered from 16 weeks and Scottish Wildcat Action are promoting this as part of responsible cat ownership.


Resources for Scottish Wildcat Action volunteers.

Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return (TNVR) Field Guide for volunteers

Training videos on monitoring cats using trail cameras

Creating video using a smartphone - top tips


Handy Guide for Camera Trapping Scottish Wildcats

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Guide to land managers on wildcat friendly predator control 

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Overview map of our priority areas

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Resources for PR and communications staff within the Scottish Wildcat Action partnership.





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