• Pine Marten Recovery Project November Update

    3rd November 2015

    The past two months have been exhausting but hugely rewarding for all of us on the project team, as the first pine martens were successfully trapped, translocated and released in Wales. Trapping began in early September and this has gone extremely well. We are taking a small number of martens from each of several sites Read More

  • Pine Marten Recovery Project August Update

    2nd September 2015

    July and August have flown by in a flash and have been a whirlwind of planning, preparation and progress! Almost two years of preparatory work has come to fruition and we are now putting the final pieces into place, ready to catch the first pine martens in Scotland to translocate to mid Wales. One of Read More

  • Pine Marten Recovery Project June Update

    13th July 2015

    June was a breakthrough month for the Pine Marten Recovery Project. We have always been committed to being as open and transparent with our plans as possible, and have sought to involve and inform the communities in our proposed release areas from the very beginning, so as to avoid any perception of surprise or exclusion. Read More

  • Pine Marten Recovery Project April Update

    15th May 2015

    Welcome to the PMRP blog for April! There were two major milestones in the project this month. Firstly, I finished up the woodland surveys for our year one release sites, and secondly, we undertook community meetings in the communities surrounding those sites. Woodland work: I finished up the woodland surveys, with my final plots in Read More

  • Our work at Nietoperek, Poland

    20th March 2012

    Prior to World War Two, Germany constructed an extensive system of defences along its then eastern border with Poland. Part of these fortifications consisted of heavily armoured bunkers connected and supplied by 32 kilometres of passages and railway tunnels 20 to 50m below ground. A series of subterranean railway stations, storage chambers and rooms to Read More

  • Our Greater Horseshoe Bat

    11th May 2015

    It’s that time of year, between early and late spring when greater horseshoe bats begin to wake more frequently from their winter slumber. Soon they’ll be moving off into transition roosts: this type of roost is usually a building positioned somewhere between their winter and summer quarters. However, these roosts are not usually far from Read More

  • Pine Marten Recovery Project March Update

    26th March 2015

    Most of our blogs have focused on our work in Wales as we prepare the ground at the release sites for our pine marten reinforcement. This month’s blog focuses on the other end of our work, in Scotland. In early March, we headed north to the Scottish Highlands armed with maps, sample bags and waterproofs, Read More

  • Pine Marten Recovery Project February Update

    6th March 2015

    February picked up where January left off. For me, this meant more time conducting woodland surveys – when the snow eased up at least. I was covering locations in the forest above Devil’s Bridge in the Arch, and established that the two most diverse parts of the forest are associated with the two river arteries Read More

  • Pine Marten Recovery Project January Update

    9th February 2015

    The Vincent Wildlife Trust’s work with pine martens has been almost continual over the last three decades, spanning the entire UK, Ireland and parts of mainland Europe. It has been building up in scale and sophistication, and has resulted in the conception of our current focus –a Pine Marten Recovery Project (PMRP). A steady stream Read More

  • People & Pine Martens in Wales end of project

    1st November 2014

    This is the last instalment of the blogs for the People & Pine Marten in Wales (PPMW) project, of which I have been proud to be the Project Officer for the last two years. The project, funded by the Co-operative Wales’s Welsh carrier bag levy, has been a resounding success, achieving what it set out Read More