Big cat experts are coming to Stroud in March to give an illustrated talk. Author Rick Minter and wild cat watcher Frank Tunbridge from Gloucester will be discussing the evidence and implications for the existence of these beasts at St Laurence Church Hall on Thursday 15 March.

Big CatThe speakers will look at the likelihood of big cats living in the Stroud valleys and discuss the implications of feral cats for people and wildlife.

This talk and discussion has been set up by environmental charity Stroud Valleys Project. SVP chief executive Clare Mahdiyone explained: “ We know that there is a great deal of speculation about the existence of in big cats in Gloucestershire as people keep coming into our eco shop to ask us about them.

“So we thought we would arrange a special talk so that anyone interested could hear from the experts.”


The talk will start at 7.30pm at the church rooms in the Shambles and will finish at 9.30pm.

Booking is essential and the tickets cost £3 for adult and £2 for children (£2 adult + £1 child for friends of SVP). Please call 01453 753358 to book.

For more information please contact Clare Mahdiyone at Stroud Valleys Project on 01453 753358 or see


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Info about author Rick Minter

Rick Minter is an environmental consultant. He helps people and organisations develop solutions to the environmental challenges they face. He is hired by public bodies as well as rural, wildlife and community groups.

He also advises people on big cats. He runs talks and workshops to discuss big cats and the issues they present. He has chaired expert meetings on the subject, briefed scientific bodies, and pursued sightings with Britain’s most experienced trackers. He has glimpsed and sensed some of these animals for himself, but wonders on how many more occasions they have seen him.

Frank Tunbridge has been tracking big cats for 25 years.



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