The wild cat may resemble a domestic cat, but this is no tabby. Britain’s largest wild predator, the wild cat has outlived the wolf and lynx and its fearless nature is the stuff of legend.

Its thick tail and markings are the wild cat’s distinguishing features, but they can be hard to identify because of cross-breeding with domestic and feral cats.

They tend to live on moorland, rough grazing land and around forest edges. They are protected and are a priority species for conservation action. Relatively little is known about the remaining population in Scotland - but there is a national conservation project currently being undertaken in six priority areas: Morven, Strathpeffer, Strathavon, Straghbogie, Northern Strathspey and the Angus Glens.

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