People in the Highlands are being urged to report possible wildcat sightings – and it is easier than ever thanks to a new website - www.scottishwildcataction.org.
The website was launched by Scottish Wildcat Action, a project which unites leading experts from more than 20 organisations, including the National Trust for Scotland, to deliver the first national conservation plan to bring back viable populations of Scottish wildcats.
Dr Roo Campbell, Scottish Wildcat Action Project Manager for the work in wildcat priority areas, said: "Local sightings of all wild-living cats are key in our efforts to save Scottish wildcats and the new website will allow our local communities to report sightings."
The website gives users further tips on how to identify a Scottish wildcat, but the general advice is if it looks like a large tabby cat with a thick ringed tail with a black blunt tip, it could be one of few remaining wildcats.
Wildcat priority areas identified by Scottish Wildcat Action are Strathpeffer, Strathbogie, Northern Strathspey, the Angus Glens, Strathavon and Morvern. Sightings and volunteers within these areas are particularly important to the conservation of the species but sightings from across Scotland are also welcomed.