|Wildcat (Felis silvestris) image: Michael Gäbler|
Of course, the above is all really just reasoned speculation. The only thing we know 100% for sure is that we have not recorded any pictures of any cats. However it is also important to celebrate the benefits of finding negatives - we all like to see exciting pictures of wildlife in its native habitat but in this case the absence of pictures can be just as significant, giving us information about where wildcats are not to be found and helping us decide where to relocate the camera traps to for a better chance of finding one. Put together, information about presence and absence can contribute to the larger picture of mapping out the range of the wildcat as a species, not just spotting individuals.
So our next move will be to reposition the camera traps. This time a little closer to where we know there have been sightings. If at first you don't succeed...
In the meantime, have a look at the update on the Highland Tiger blog where you can see the results of a more successful camera trapping session.