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New enclosures to help boost Wildcat numbers - Forestry and Land Scotland

the inside of the wildcat enclosure, with a hollowed out log in the foreground and a climbing frame of rough logs.
One of the wildcat enclosures (image: FLS)

Forestry and Land Scotland has been helping Saving Wildcats colleagues at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park to kit out the new conservation breeding enclosures as the next stage of this exciting European partnership project gets underway.

With an unsustainable population of Wildcats now left in the wild in Scotland, FLS and RZSS –both partners in the wildcat restoration project ‘Saving Wildcats’ – are working to create an environment that will help wildcats and their kittens to prosper.

Kenny Kortland, FLS Wildlife Ecologist, said; “We look after our forests in ways that benefit wildcats – creating a mosaic of habitats that meet all of their needs. Once the cats are released, we can be reassured that they will find plenty voles to eat and places to shelter in FLS woods. In the meantime, we’re very pleased to have been able to help furnish the enclosures.”

A total of eight enclosures will be built, each one providing an enriching environment for the wildcats with climbing structures, natural vegetation, nest boxes and cover. The logs provided by FLS will help wildcat animal keepers create these complex habitats.

Posted on: 11 December 2020

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