PLAN TO SAVE THE UK’S WILDCATS
WILDCATS could return to England for the first time in 300 years.
A conservation group called Wildcat Haven wants to import wildcats from Europe and release them in Galloway in Scotland. The group hopes that they’d then gradually spread out across the border into Northumbria and Cumbria.
There are thought to be just 35 Scottish wildcats left. Habitat loss and hunting have been blamed for their decline.
Paul O’Donoghue from Wildcat Haven says he has no doubt that the wildcats would be able to survive in the forests and wouldn’t pose any risks to farmers’ livestock.
Gresham House Forestry, which owns a large amount of land in the area, has supported the plans. Research is now being doing in Galloway Forest to prepare for the wildcats’ release.
Wildcats look similar to the cats we keep as pets, just a tad bigger!