Pet Projects …


 I have 2 PET PROJECTS and would love you to help me with them.

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pic by Collette Cheyne

1st is Wildcat Haven, a wonderful group of folk really doing good work to space the Scottish Wildcat. Did you know there may only 35 of them left in the whole world? There are about 2000 tigers and 100 pandas in comparison! The Scottish wildcat evolved from a population of European wildcats which became isolated by the English Channel over 9000 years ago. They are the largest of the wildcat family and can be double the size of a domestic pet cat and infinitely more ferocious. Unlike today, vast swathes of Europe used to be covered in forest, making a great habitat for small cats. We know that 12 million years ago an animal called Martelli’s wildcat, which seems to have been nearly identical in looks to the Scottish wildcat, was roaming the continent. The modern European wildcat evolved 2 million years ago. As sea levels rose after the ice age around 10,000 years ago, a population of these cats were isolated in the British Isles.In the last few hundred years the expansion of people and destruction of forests across the UK battered the population down until only the wildcats in Scotland remained. These cats adapted their behaviour to survive in a fragmented multi-habitat environment. Please help …  


2nd is Trees for Life. they do a wonderful job of helping to restore habitat and they’re in the forefront of rewilding. It’s very easy to support them – Buy A Tree! I started my own “grove” a while back and anytime anyone wants to give me a prezzie I ask that they buy a tree for it. You can do that here – and trees only cost £6 while they give so much to the habitat.


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