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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 30.5 June 2019

A history of the Wildcat in England

By - Derek Gow, Peter Cooper

The Wildcat is now restricted in Britain to a tiny remnant population in Scotland, but it was formerly far more widespread. Derek Gow and Peter Cooper review the historic literature to track the demise of the Wildcat in England and discuss the influence that this charismatic mammal has had on English culture.

‘The wildcat is somewhat larger than the house cat… the general colour of these animals in England is a yellowish white, mixed with deep grey. This animal is found in our larger woods; and is the most destructive of the carnivorous kinds.’ (Goldsmith 1824)

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist