The Heritage Lottery fund will put £873k towards Scottish Natural Heritage’s (SNH) action plan for the Scottish wildcat. The plan, which covers five areas in Aberdeenshire, Highlands and Tayside, involves neutering and vaccinating feral cats, as well as a campaign to raise awareness. The total cost of the action plan will come to £2million. Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse welcomed the offer of Lottery funding for the plan, saying: “The Scottish wildcat is an iconic species that is emblematic of the wild parts of Scotland. As a society, we have a legal and moral obligation to try to conserve the species, so that it continues to be part of our natural heritage for generations to come.”

The rest of this article appears in the 2nd October issue of Shooting Times.

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