Save the Scottish wildcat by protecting Clashindarroch Forest!

Save the Scottish wildcat by protecting Clashindarroch Forest!

10 May 2018
Petition to
Roseanna Cunningham (Scottish Environment Minister) and 2 others
Signatures: 1,017,633Next Goal: 1,500,000
121 people signed this week

Why this petition matters

Started by Wildcat Haven

The Scottish Wildcat is one of the rarest animals in the world; there are only 35 of them left on earth. A third of them live in the publicly owned Clashindarroch Forest in the Scottish Highlands, but they are in danger from logging by the Scottish Government’s Forestry Commission Scotland. If this doesn’t stop immediately, the wildcat will become extinct.

I’ve always loved cats, and these wildcats - often dubbed the ‘Tigers of the Highlands’ - are particularly special to me. I'm a filmmaker and got to really know about them 12 years ago filming them for a wildlife documentary. Learning they were truly on the verge of extinction I knew I had to act and, with some expert help, I set up a project to protect and conserve them called Wildcat Haven.

But now I need your help to keep them alive.

Wildcat Haven have found 13 wildcats in this forest. It is their last and only known major stronghold and breeding site. But logging is taking place in the middle of kitten season, disturbing wildcat mothers, which could make them abandon or even eat their young.

The logging will tear the wildcat population apart, and threaten many other rare animals that live in the forest alongside them.

Please sign our petition urgently calling on the Scottish Government to immediately halt the logging and exploitation of Clashindarroch Forest to ensure the iconic Scottish wildcat survives.

This petition was launched by filmmaker and Wildcat Haven founder Steve Piper and received 511,000 signatures, at the end of 2019 it was passed to Wildcat Haven CIC who supported the petition throughout, to take the campaign forward with legal action.

You can stay up to date on this campaign and the organisation that discovered these wildcats and wants to protect them, Wildcat Haven, at and also on

121 people signed this week
Signatures: 1,017,633Next Goal: 1,500,000
121 people signed this week


  • Roseanna CunninghamScottish Environment Minister
  • Jo O'HaraHead of Forestry Commission Scotland
  • Nicola SturgeonScottish First Minister