4%
£1795.15
raised of £50000.00 target
by 76 supporters

Bring the Wildcats back to Britain

The European Wildcat is the rarest mammal and the only native cat species surviving in Britain. Currently, the only wild population of these rare cats live in the remote Scottish Highlands, but that population has been declared “functionally extinct”.

Our aim is to create the first British population of Wildcats outside of Scotland since the 1800’s. The species disappeared from England and Wales over a century ago because of persecution during a time when all predators, including Wildcats, were considered as vermin.

A healthy population of Wildcats in the wild, will help to restore the balance in the ecosystem by controlling numbers of prey animals, such as rabbits and rodents, and predators such as foxes through competition for food.
 

With your help, we can begin to establish a self-sustaining Wildcat population in areas where they once would have thrived.
 

Help us return this beautiful species back to the wild by donating today.

We must act now to save this species from total extinction in Britain.

All funds raised will help us to build a new breeding facility for the reintroduction of these rare cats. We are aiming to build 10 additional breeding enclosures at a cost of £50,000.

Each enclosure will house a breeding pair of cats, which will produce healthy kittens each year for release back into the wild.

As the breeding season for the cats is between January and March, we need to start building this summer. The facilities will be built at both of our parks, in Kent and at Escot in Devon.

This is one part of a long term project to restore these amazing cats to the wild. Wildwood, in partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Vincent Wildlife Trust, along with the University of Exeter, are undertaking research into the best sites for their reintroduction. The team will ensure the needs and views of local communities are taken into full account during this project.

This is a long term commitment and this breeding facility could support a 10 to 20 year project to create a viable and self-sustaining heathy population of cats in the wild.

Help us return this beautiful species back to the wild by donating today.

Help us return this beautiful species back to the wild by donating today.

If we exceed our target, any additional funds raised will go towards the Wildcats continued care and enrichment, and will also help to support ongoing research and development to ensure the Wildcats successful repopulation into the wild.

Contact details

Key Contact : Sarah Anstee
Email : appeals@wildwoodtrust.org
Telephone : 01227711900

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Supporters

Donation by Mr. J Crew
£50.00
on 15th March 2021 9:32 AM

Donation by Josh Moore
£10.00
on 21st April 2021 7:33 PM

Donation by Thomas Byrne
£10.00
on 21st April 2021 8:05 PM

Donation by Sarah Hilleard
£20.00
on 21st April 2021 9:47 PM

Donation by Jenny Buncombe
£50.00
on 22nd April 2021 10:34 AM

Donation by Diane Chamberlain
£100.00
on 22nd April 2021 10:42 AM

Keep up the good work. I will always support the preservation of NATIVE species

Donation by David
£20.00
on 22nd April 2021 11:14 AM

Donation by Sarah Lindsey
£10.00
on 22nd April 2021 12:42 PM

I have loved and adored the majestic and beautiful Wildcats for as long as I can remember! They are critically endangered and really do need all the help they can get from us. I am so glad that Wildwood is helping to save these wonderful cats.

Donation by Anonymous
£50.00
on 22nd April 2021 12:49 PM

Donation by Rita Bryant
£25.00
on 22nd April 2021 12:53 PM

Donation by Richard Coleman
£20.00
on 22nd April 2021 12:59 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£30.00
on 22nd April 2021 1:23 PM

Donation by Finn Benavente
£10.00
on 22nd April 2021 2:50 PM

Donation by Martin Reed
£15.00
on 22nd April 2021 2:54 PM

Donation by Debs
£10.00
on 22nd April 2021 4:54 PM

I hope my small donation helps.

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 22nd April 2021 5:26 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 22nd April 2021 7:03 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 22nd April 2021 11:26 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£20.00
on 23rd April 2021 6:21 AM

Fantastic project, wishing you every success. Thank you for all your hard work.

Donation by Tracey Smith
£10.00
on 23rd April 2021 8:17 AM

Donation by John
£25.00
on 23rd April 2021 8:45 AM

Good luck with the campaign.

Donation by Anonymous
£5.00
on 23rd April 2021 10:04 AM

Donation by Nicola Blake
£5.00
on 23rd April 2021 1:34 PM

Please bring the wild cats back to the wild!!!!

Donation by Anonymous
£30.00
on 23rd April 2021 2:49 PM

Keep up the excellent work. Hope this helps a little.

Donation by Christina Glover
£10.00
on 23rd April 2021 3:34 PM

Well done Wildwood wish there were more like you out there!

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 23rd April 2021 5:34 PM

Donation by Jim Camp
£50.00
on 23rd April 2021 8:43 PM

Miaow!

Donation by Carol D
£10.00
on 24th April 2021 11:37 AM

I'd love to see these ancient and lovely animals back in our wonderful countryside.

Donation by Catherine de Brett
£25.00
on 24th April 2021 2:26 PM

This donation is towards raising money to help save the Wild Cat.

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 24th April 2021 8:38 PM

Donation by Sue Harlow
£10.00
on 25th April 2021 3:03 PM

Would love to save these beautiful feline creatures and it would be amazing to see them back in the wild.

Donation by Tubbymac
£10.00
on 25th April 2021 5:44 PM

Really hope you succeed in your plans to get the breeding sanctuary up and running

Donation by Anonymous
£5.00
on 26th April 2021 3:32 PM

Donation by james
£100.00
on 26th April 2021 6:41 PM

Let's make the lynx next.

Donation by The Family Steren
£50.00
on 27th April 2021 11:25 AM

Rewilding is one of the most important challenges that the British Isles faces. It's good to see such vital projects going ahead!

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 27th April 2021 3:09 PM

Keep up the great work!

Donation by Lesley
£15.00
on 28th April 2021 11:43 AM

Love the work Wildwood & their crew do. So lucky to have you on our doorstep x

Donation by Ms. Jane Tilling
£50.00
on 28th April 2021 2:33 PM

Donation by Nick Stephenson
£30.00
on 29th April 2021 4:16 PM

For Jenny Pearce

Donation by Dawn Roberts
£20.00
on 30th April 2021 9:42 AM

Wish I could afford more but every little bit is important. Love Wildwood and what it is aiming to achieve.

Donation by Anthony Jones
£10.00
on 30th April 2021 4:20 PM

Donation by Daniel Rushton
£25.00
on 30th April 2021 4:45 PM

Donation by Martin Thomas
£25.00
on 30th April 2021 5:44 PM

Very happy to support what may well be the only hope for the restoration of the Scottish Wildcat. Wishing you every success.

Donation by Adam Thomas
£15.00
on 30th April 2021 9:24 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 2nd May 2021 11:16 PM

Donation by Deborah Parij
£14.40
on 21st April 2021 9:18 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£15.00
on 3rd May 2021 4:10 PM

Donation by Jess kirby
£25.00
on 3rd May 2021 10:31 PM

Donation by Paul Hughes
£5.00
on 4th May 2021 5:47 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 4th May 2021 9:42 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£82.15
on 25th April 2021 9:22 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£123.60
on 30th April 2021 9:24 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 5th May 2021 11:18 AM

Wishing you success with this important project

Donation by Anonymous
£25.00
on 5th May 2021 5:42 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£20.00
on 6th May 2021 3:00 PM

Donation by Rebecca Smith
£25.00
on 6th May 2021 9:38 PM

Good luck with your fundraising and the breeding and reintroduction of wild cats. Wouldn't it be wonderful if one day they are no longer endangered. Thank you for all your hard work.

Donation by Tracey Edwards Smith
£5.00
on 27th April 2021 9:47 AM

Donation by Mrs. Stephanie Reid
£5.00
on 29th April 2021 2:24 PM

Donation by Chris Gumbrell
£10.00
on 29th April 2021 9:54 AM

Donation by Mrs. Catherine Farquharson
£10.00
on 2nd May 2021 10:41 AM

Donation by Miss. Nina Phoenix
£10.00
on 2nd May 2021 10:43 AM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 10th May 2021 10:36 PM

Donation by Paul Jonsson
£15.00
on 10th May 2021 10:49 PM

Wonderful work, I do wish you were closer to Woking, I would be there all the time... Best wishes

Donation by Claire Bethel
£10.00
on 13th May 2021 9:57 AM

Meow!!! Save the wild cats!

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 13th May 2021 10:06 AM

Donation by Georgina Gibbons
£50.00
on 13th May 2021 11:49 AM

This is FANTASTIC!!! So glad that Wildwood are getting involved. Keep up the great work you do!! This is such a beautiful animal Good Luck!!!

Donation by Shelley Harrington
£25.00
on 13th May 2021 12:42 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£10.00
on 13th May 2021 1:14 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£15.00
on 13th May 2021 1:16 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£20.00
on 13th May 2021 1:18 PM

Donation by Mr. Jeremy Toller
£10.00
on 13th May 2021 1:54 PM

Donation by Anonymous
£50.00
on 13th May 2021 2:19 PM

Anything to stop animals being driven to extinction by humans-a donation to assist re-wilding

Donation by Margaret Whyte
£5.00
on 13th May 2021 2:31 PM

Donation by Dave Coulstock
£5.00
on 13th May 2021 2:51 PM

Donation by Graham & Angela Frost
£25.00
on 13th May 2021 3:02 PM

We must bring back these beautiful wildcats to our Countryside. This donation on behalf of our cat ‘Fleur’ who bears all of the features of the European Wildcat and was born in France twelve years ago.

Donation by Dave Panchaud
£25.00
on 13th May 2021 3:10 PM

Good luck with the project, all species should be protected but high profile animals like the wildcat should raise the profile of all animals in decline.