The Vincent Wildlife Trust has received generous funding from The Co-operative to help progress its long-running pine marten conservation work in Wales. The People and Pine Martens in Wales project will develop understanding of the status and distribution of the pine marten, improve habitat and inform future conservation plans for the species in Wales.
The project has four key elements:
(i) Raising awareness
We have undertaken a public and stakeholder survey to ascertain opinions on pine marten recovery. The survey not only raised awareness of the pine marten and the project, but also provided opportunities to ask the public for feedback on a number of questions.
(ii) Detection activities
Fieldwork, including scat and hair tube surveys, will be undertaken at key sites in mid Wales to determine presence of pine martens. DNA extracted from samples will be used to infer valuable information about the pine marten population in Wales.
(iii) Habitat work
An assessment of contiguous forestry in ‘hot spot’ pine marten areas will be carried out and den boxes erected at suitable sites. In addition, a database will be set up to record afforestation and planting schemes that are taking place in priority pine marten areas.
(iv) Environmental assessment
An environmental assessment will be undertaken to investigate the factors that may be limiting pine marten recovery in Wales. Factors such as woodland size, age and structure, prey availability and intra-guild competition will be examined. It is hoped that the results of this research will help to inform future pine marten conservation and recovery plans.
A pine marten road casualty was recently found near Newtown, mid Wales - the first known carcass to be found in Wales in over 40 years! For more information on this significant find, see our news release.
Monthly project updates can be read on our blog.
For more information on pine martens, view the pine marten species page or the pine marten project page for information on the Trust's past and current work.
To get involved in the project, please contact project officer David Bavin.
The video below is a compilation of footage from camera traps deployed in woodlands in west and mid Wales. The video was put together to celebrate Biodiversity Week 2013.