• Experiences on a Welsh sheep farm

    16th March 2018

    From the early feasibility stage of our Pine Marten Recovery Project through to the post release monitoring of the pine martens, discussions with local farmers have been continual. Our conversations primarily concern the pine martens, but range widely over topics such as anecdotal observations of wildlife, predator/prey/livestock interactions, land use both current and historical, and Read More

  • A day in the life of a PMRP volunteer

    1st March 2018

    Thom radio-tracking © A Willcox Although I have been volunteering with the Pine Marten Recovery Project (PMRP) for two years, I am yet to see a pine marten (and not for the lack of hours looking for them!). Radio-tracking is the task I most often help out with for this project and each session tends to Read More

  • Puzzling about polecats

    20th February 2018

    Polecat © Anne-Marie Kalus.  Polecats are currently faring well in Britain, as the population continues to recover and spread across parts of the country following a severe historical decline driven by predator control. However, can the same be said for polecats in the rest of Europe? The status of the Western or European polecat (as Read More

  • Final pine marten translocations to Wales

    20th October 2017

    My second anniversary of working for the Vincent Wildlife Trust was spent mostly heading north on the M6 en route to the Highlands for the third and final year of pine marten translocations to Wales. It was not dissimilar to my first day with the Trust, which was spent heading south en route to head Read More

  • A year in the life of PM16

    17th July 2017

    Last year we did ‘a year in the life’ of one of our much-loved translocated martens, ‘Miss Piggy’. She managed to make herself a firm favourite with all of the PMRP staff over the first year as she was so well-behaved and followed the expected patterns of a newly translocated animal – unlike some of Read More

  • Big Week on the Farm

    26th June 2017

    In early March, we received a phone call from the producers of ‘Big Week on the Farm’ asking the VWT to take part in this year’s show to discuss the pine marten live on RTÉ One! The programme celebrates the start of spring every April, running nightly over the course of a week. There are Read More

  • A winter in the USA

    22nd May 2017

    This winter, I was incredibly fortunate to take a three-month sabbatical from the VWT to work in the USA with the Michigan Predator-Prey Project. In early January, I headed across the Atlantic with bags overflowing with winter kit, ready to spend the season in Michigan. The Michigan Predator-Prey Project, led by Mississippi State University and Read More

  • Tracking the Pine Marten

    26th April 2017

    It’s day seven of my quest, I’m on the first transect of the day and I am about to check how much more rain is needed before I can use the word diluvian. The Scottish Highlands is my backdrop, and I’m sniffing poo. I’m told the aroma is akin to that of parma violets. I’ve Read More

  • PhD Student Blog – Greater horseshoe bat

    15th March 2017

    I’m just two-months shy of finishing the first year of my PhD at the University of Exeter with both The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) and Devon Wildlife Trust. My research aims to examine the implications of how practical management and issues surrounding landscape connectivity can influence the conservation of the greater horseshoe bat (GHS – Read More

  • PhD Student Blog – In search of polecats

    1st February 2017

      “Why are you researching the poll tax?” is just one of the questions that I have been asked when explaining what I do. Or a more usual first question is: “oh, pole cats. Is that like a wild cat… actually, what are they again?” It is testimony to the elusive nature of the polecat Read More