Scottish Wildcats

I watched the Iain Glen-narrated Tigers of Scotland on Netflix, and very good it is, too.

It is estimated that there are between 100 – 300 Scottish Wildcats living in and around the Highlands of Scotland. In the past, these cats have roamed Great Britain, but deforestation and the urbanisation of rural land has seen their numbers dwindle. The low numbers are likely even lower, too, since breeding with feral domestic cats has diluted their DNA. Suspicions are that there are no pure wildcats remaining at all.

Eurasian Lynx

It might not be long before they go the way of the Eurasian Lynx, then. Again, these were found throughout Scotland, but disappeared around 400 years ago. There have been recent calls to reintroduce them to the ecology. Although that – like pretty much everything else these days – is at risk due to Brexit.

Scottish Wildcat photo by Peter Cairns/Scottish Wildcat Action, used without permission
Eurasian Lynx photo used without permission from thelawyer.com