A long time ago, forests used to grow almost all over middle Europe. But nowadays only small islands of these forests have remained. Many habitats of animals like the wildcat are being destroyed. The number of the wildcat as a representative species has decreased drastically to only 2000 animals in Germany, many of them live quite isolated without the connecting corridors. So for the protection of the wildcat we have to build up networks to connect the remaining biotops.
While the wildcat used to live all over Europe, today its population is concentrated on only a few areas such as the Iberian Peninsula, Scotland, the Balkans, Italy, east France,Belgium and in parts if middle Germany. The two German populations live in the west in the mountails of Eifel, Hunsrück, Pfälzer Wald and Taunus, with a connection to the french wildcats. The othe population lives in the middle and in the east, in the mountains of Harz, Solling and the Thuringian Hainich.