Wildwood Trust

Bring the Wildcats back to Britain

Wildwood will be reintroducing captive bred wildcats into the wild. Our aim is to create the first British population of Wildcats outside of Scotland since the 1800s, BUT we need YOUR HELP to build a new captive breeding centre to make this possible!
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The European Wildcat is the rarest mammal and the only native cat species surviving in Britain. Currently, the only wild population of these rare cats live in the remote Scottish Highlands, but that population has been declared functionally extinct.

Our aim is to create the first British population of Wildcats outside of Scotland since the 1800s. The species disappeared from England and Wales over a century ago because of persecution during a time when all predators, including Wildcats, were considered as vermin.

A healthy population of Wildcats in the wild, will help to restore the balance in the ecosystem by controlling numbers of prey animals, such as rabbits and rodents, and predators such as foxes through competition for food.

With your help, we can begin to establish a self-sustaining Wildcat population in areas where they once would have thrived.

We must act now to save this species from total extinction in Britain.

All funds raised will help us to build a new breeding facility for the reintroduction of these rare cats. We are aiming to build 10 additional breeding enclosures at a cost of £50,000.

Each enclosure will house a breeding pair of cats, which will produce healthy kittens each year for release back into the wild.

As the breeding season for the cats is between January and March, we need to start building this summer. The facilities will be built at both of our parks, in Kent and at Escot in Devon.

This is one part of a long term project to restore these amazing cats to the wild. Wildwood, in partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Vincent Wildlife Trust, along with the University of Exeter, are undertaking research into the best sites for their reintroduction. The team will ensure the needs and views of local communities are taken into full account during this project.

Help us return this beautiful species back to the wild by donating today.

About the charity

Wildwood Trust

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Wildwood Trust is dedicated to protecting, conserving and rewilding British wildlife, using natural solutions to reverse the biodiversity and climate crises we face today. Together, we will prevent the extinction of our most endangered species and create a wilder future.

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