National Trust for Scotland Finds Wildcats at Two Sites

Scottish wildcats have been spotted at two National Trust for Scotland sites in Aberdeenshire in recent months:

Videos of the sightings and images of the Leith Hall cat are available for download at:


Footage of a Second Kit at the Scottish Beaver Trail

For details please visit the Scottish WildlifeTrust website.

A Scottish Wildcat Hunting

The video below is very short and the quality not that good but I still found it a fascinating watch.  The video was published by the Highland Tiger web site.

Scottish Wildcat Project Highland Tiger

A beautiful video from Highland Tiger.  The video mentions there are fewer than 400 Scottish wildcats remaining, however, the Scottish Wildcat Association reports there may only be 35-100 true wildcats left.

Action Alert: Stop the Painful Slaughter of Deer in Scotland

According to a Care2 petition,  Scottish Natural Heritage is allowing amateur hunters to take part in deer culls with the result that a number of deer are injured, rather than killed, and left to die a slow, painful death; in addition, many fawns are being left orphaned because the amateur hunters have shot their mothers.

Regardless of your opinion about the culling of deer (as this is an “action alert”, I will not go into my views on the topic in this posting), the animal welfare issue created by the amateur hunters should not be ignored, therefore, please sign the petition telling Scottish Natural Heritage not to allow such hunters to cull deer.  Thank you.

Golden Eagles’ Scottish Breeding Sites

The Scotsman reports that despite objections from wind farm developers, Scottish breeding sites for golden eagles are to be given special protection.

Golden Eagle

Whilst I am a supporter of renewable energy, I also believe we must not loose sight of other issues – in this case, the welfare of golden eagles. Thankfully,  the Scottish Government has granted special protection status for the golden eagle at six sites covering more than 350,000 hectares.  The move will add some 80 additional breeding territories into the current network of eight sites in northern and western Scotland.