Pine marten


The pine marten is the second rarest carnivore in the UK, with a stronghold in Scotland and isolated populations in pockets of England and Wales.



The Barbastelle is a predominantly tree-dwelling species associated with woodland, with a broadly southern distribution in Britain.



The dormouse has declined significantly during the last century and is now largely restricted to southern Britain with small numbers in the north.

Bechstein's bat


Bechstein's bat is a tree-dwelling species associated with old growth woodland. Its core range appears to be centred on southern England.



Polecats are recovering following a dramatic decline during the last century and are now recolonising many areas of lowland Britain.

Horseshoe bats


Greater and lesser horseshoe bats are predominantly found in southern Britain and Ireland, where they form maternity roosts in old stone buildings.



Otter populations declined significantly during the last century but are now recovering and are once again present in every county in England.

Red squirrel


The native red squirrel is rare in England and Wales and has been replaced by the introduced grey squirrel in much of its range.

Stoats and weasels


Stoats and weasels are widespread and thought to be relatively common across Britain, but are under-studied.

Water vole


Water vole populations declined by over 90% during the 20th century but are beginning to recover.

Welcome to The Vincent Wildlife Trust

"We are a charity working hard to safeguard the future of mammals in Britain and Ireland.

For more than 30 years we have made major contributions to the conservation of the otter, dormouse, water vole, polecat, pine marten and bat species - especially the greater and lesser horseshoe bats.

Today, we specialise in focused, long-term solutions for the conservation of rare or 'difficult to track' mammals, through conservation-led research and practical field applications.

Our resources pages have everything from short introductory leaflets to major scientific papers and reports. I do hope that this website provides you with all your information needs."

Natalie Buttriss
Chief Executive
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If you think you have seen a pine marten in England or Wales, please phone us now on
01531 636441 or complete our report form

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Reinforcing pine marten populations in Wales and England

Mammal conservation in west Wales and Ireland