PROTECTED SITE UPDATE- PLEASE READ
Sep 30, 2020 —
We wanted to update you on our efforts to get the Clashindarroch Forest and it’s priceless population of wildcats, designated as a protected site. As we informed you, on the 24th August we notified the relevant government agency, NatureScot (formerly SNH) of their statutory duty to designate.
As expected, on the 10th September they contacted us refusing to designate. Whist it is of course disappointing that they didn’t designate at our first request, their response is so weak and manifestly flawed in both facts and law, that we are more encouraged then ever that we will ultimately gain designation. The government will simply have no other credible or tenable option.
The government response and the supporting documents they provided to us clearly demonstrated 2 major flaws/issues:
1. The Government had given no consideration of designation of any site for Scottish wildcats since 2014 and also there has never been any scientific consideration of using protected sites as a tool for the conservation of the wildcat. This is astonishing given that the Scottish wildcat is 70 times rarer than a giant panda and the rarest animal in Scotland.
2. The government has used a continually shifting position on the number and importance of the population of wildcats in the Clashindarroch. Before we raised the issues of illegal logging, the government called the Clashindarroch a ‘Wildcat wonderland’. Shortly after our complaints they declared the wildcats functionally extinct (perhaps someone should tell the wildcats). In their latest correspondence you will see they now claim that there are 4-5 wildcats, yet they provide no scientific justification for this number.
In our view the failure to consider the question of SSSI designation represents a clear dereliction of duty under the Nature conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and we will continue to challenge this accordingly. We have asked for the government response by the 12th October and will of course update you when we get it.
You can read all the relevant correspondence in full in the news section of our website at
We continue to be the only organisation brave enough to stand up to the government and to hold them to account over their conduct in regards to the wildcat. We will continue to do so until the wildcat is saved. We can’t do it without you and as we approach the end game we will need your support more than ever, so if you want to help us here’s how:
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Many thanks in advance
The Wildcat Haven Team
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