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Wildcat Haven is managed and delivered by a team of experienced conservation, ecology, veterinary and educational experts dedicated to protecting the Scottish wildcat. It includes two CICs which work together to benefit the overall project; Wildcat Haven CIC takes grants and donations and spends them directly on fieldwork for wildcats, whilst Wildcat Haven Enterprises CIC brings funds into the project through trading activities such as merchandising and advertising, funding the fieldwork and purchase of land to establish wildcat reserves.

The same team of people work across both CICs with the mutual aim of building a 7,000 square mile safe haven for wildcats, bolstered by a spine of wildcat reserves acting as strongholds for the species. Having spent almost ten years securing the Haven in Ardnamurchan/Morven, we are now beginning the huge task of expanding nationwide. We bein work on our second Haven in winter 2016.

Emily

Emily O’Donoghue

Wildcat Haven Director
Emily is an experienced wildlife biologist who has worked on a range of projects from reintroducing the great bustard to the Salisbury Plain to capturing and DNA testing black rhinos in South Africa. As director of the CIC Emily is responsible for the day to day administrative running of the Haven project and managing logistics to ensure fieldwork is carried out effectively.

Dr. Paul O'Donoghue

Dr. Paul O’Donoghue

Chief Scientific Advisor
Paul has been a part of the project since it first began field trials in 2009, developing the genetic test for Scottish wildcat hybridisation currently being verified in the field, and leading the field effort itself since 2012. He is a senior lecturer at University of Chester and an expert advisor to the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, the Felid Taxonomic Advisory Group and the Scottish Wildcat Studbook.

Douglas Wilson

Douglas Wilson

Wildcat Haven Enterprises CIC Director
Douglas obtained an MA in Management from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh before entering the world of Internet marketing.  As a director of Highland Titles, he helped the company thrive whilst innovating in crowd funding and establishing several nature reserves in the West Highlands. He has now stepped back from Highland Titles to focus on Wildcat Haven and help it achieve the same success, bringing his extensive business expertise to the project.

Nick Morphet

Nick Morphet

Senior Field Vet
Nick is a highly experienced vet who has worked as one of the field veterinary team since 2012 carrying out feral and hybrid cat neutering, health checks, blood sampling, inoculations and anaesthetising of all the cats in the Haven region, whilst also supporting fieldworkers and researchers with tracking and trapping.

Ewan Brennan

Ewan Brennan

Field Biologist
Ewan is an aspiring conservation biologist and recently graduated with an honors degree in Zoology from the University of Manchester. He self-funded his involvement in the Wildcat Haven Project to ensure as many resources as possible went into building the project itself. He is currently working towards a masters in conservation biology and also working on projects in St Lucia.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Field Vet
Tom is a veterinary surgeon with many years experience working with pet cats along with other domestic species. Having always loved Britain’s natural history he saw the chance to get involved in a project to save the iconic Scottish wildcat as a dream come true, and now makes up an important part of the field veterinary team.

James Cavanagh

James Cavanagh

Field Vet
James is a veterinary surgeon who has worked with a variety of species, with a particular focus on feline and canine medicine. It was James’ passion for wildlife that drew him to a career in veterinary medicine and he is excited to be a part of such an important conservation project for the Scottish wildcat.

Mike Tomkies

The late Mike Tomkies 

Honorary Director
Mike was well known as the writer of many books on Scotland’s wildlife, growing from his time living in a remote cottage near the Wildcat Haven region, and providing a name for the project from his book Wildcat Haven. Conducting some of the earliest research into hybridisation he had supported the project since its inception and remained a passionate advocate of the species until his death in October 2016. He encouraged us to award the title, Laird of Wildernesse, the name he gave to his cottage, Gaskan, in his books, to preserve his privacy. We are pleased to celebrate his passion for the Scottish wildcat in this way.