SCOTTISH WILDCAT Without doubt, it is Britain’s most elusive land mammal. It may also be Britain’s rarest, the legacy of decades of hybridisation with domestic felines having taken its toll on the Scottish Wildcat’s genetic purity. Recent surveys suggest that fewer than 100 may remain. Should you wish to see one, November seems to be the optimum time to chance your arm, for the cat is comparatively active this month, even during daylight. I have never been lucky: the individual pictured, unfortunately, was captive.