Resources | Leaflets

  • Bringing the Pine Marten back from the brink

    The Back from the Brink project will pave the way for the recovery of the pine marten in northern England as the population spreads south from Scotland.


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  • The Vincent Wildlife Trust

    This leaflet gives an overview of the work of The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT). The VWT’s work currently centres on the rarer bats and members of the weasel family (mustelids). The Trust is expert in a number of species of concern, notably the two horseshoe bats and the pine marten.


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  • Pine Marten Recovery Project Leaflet (Bilingual)

    The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT), with its 30-year history of pine marten research, is currently boosting Wales’ struggling marten population. Following an extensive feasibility study and consultation with local landowners and communities, 20 pine martens were caught in Scotland and released into an area of mid-Wales in autumn 2015.


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  • Managing forest and woodlands for pine martens

    Practical measures to protect and benefit the pine marten. This leaflet aims to provide guidance on how to assess and minimise potential impacts of forest operations on the pine marten and recommend a set of measures to benefit martens that can be use d by forest managers and owners.


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  • The Pine Marten

    An introduction to the pine marten. Including an overview of its history and current status in Britain, ecology and behaviour, pine martens and the law, and The Vincent Wildlife Trust’s work with the species.


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  • The Polecat

    The polecat is a native British mammal and is widespread in western Europe. The polecat belongs to the weasel family, the Mustelidae, comprising over 60 species of badgers, otters, skunks, martens, mink, ferrets, stoats and weasels. Like many in this family, the polecat has a long body with short legs. It is generally dark in colour, especially on its chest, legs and tail that are covered in near-black Read More


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  • Polecats and Ferrets: How to tell them apart

    This leaflet gives the key distinguishing characters that separate polecats, ferrets and their hybrids. Given their close relationship, it is not surprising that it may be very difficult to distinguish them in the field. Reliable ways of telling polecats and ferrets apart is from close examination of the pelage and skull of a specimen and analysis of mitochondrial DNA.


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  • Horseshoe Bats

    Worldwide there are over 85 species of horseshoe bats. Five are found in Europe, but only two, the greater and lesser horseshoe bat, are native to the British Isles. Horseshoe bats have a circular flap of skin surrounding their nostrils and the horseshoe shape of this ‘nose-leaf’ gives these bats their name.


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  • Living with Pine Martens

    A guide to the pine marten in Scotland, including information on predation of poultry and game birds, denning in buildings and steps to take to exclude a non-breeding pine marten from a house. It also provides advice on how to prevent pine marten’s taking up residence in your property. This leaflet was produced in collaboration with Read More


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  • How to exclude pine martens from game and poultry pens (Ireland)

    This leaflet provides information on practical steps you can take to protect game and domestic fowl from pine martens. Details are provided on preventative methods such as line wire and overhang electric fencing and pop holes. Guidance is also given on making hen houses marten-proof.


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