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Pine marten

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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Advice note: Release of pine martens into the wild in Britain

The pine marten is a medium-sized, arboreal member of the mustelid (stoat and weasel) family. Pine martens were historically widespread throughout Britain but by 1915 the combined effects of woodland clearance and intensive predator control had resulted in extinction in all but the most remote upland areas of northwest Scotland, northern England and Wales.

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MacPherson, J. (2014). Feasibility Assessment for Reinforcing Pine Martens in England and Wales

Successful translocations of pine marten to recently and historically occupied suitable habitat could be a major proactive step towards improving the conservation status and genetic diversity of pine marten in England and Wales. This report provides an initial assessment of the feasibility of undertaking translocations to reinforce existing populations that have failed to recover naturally.

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Asesiad Dichonoldeb ar gyfer Atgyfnerthu Niferoedd Bele’r Coed yn Lloegr a Chymru (Crynodeb)

Gallai trawsleoliad llwyddiannus o felaod coed i gynefinoedd addas lle roeddent unwaith yn bodoli – un ai’n hanesyddol neu’n fwy diweddar – fod yn gam sylweddol ymlaen o ran gwella statws cadwraethol ac amrywiaeth genetegol y rhywogaeth hon yn Lloegr a Chymru. Mae’r adroddiad hwn yn cynnig asesiad cychwynnol o ddichonoldeb ymgymryd â gwaith trawsleoli i atgyfnerthu poblogaethau sydd eisoes yn bodoli ac sydd wedi methu adfer yn naturiol.

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Feasibility Assessment for Reinforcing Pine Marten Numbers in England and Wales (Executive Summary)

Successful translocations of pine marten to recently and historically occupied suitable habitat could be a major proactive step towards improving the conservation status and genetic diversity of pine marten in England and Wales. The full report provides an initial assessment of the feasibility of undertaking translocations to reinforce existing populations that have failed to recover naturally.

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Forestry trends in Wales, in relation to potential pine marten recovery

One of the major factors thought to underpin the decline of the pine marten population in Wales is the loss of woodland and fragmentation of habitat. In order to successfully re-establish the population it is vital to understand the current and future trends in woodland cover and composition.

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Constructing, erecting and monitoring pine marten den boxes (Ireland)

These instructions show how to construct a pine marten den box, which is used to provide an artificial breeding site for pine martens in areas where there is an absence of natural tree cavities. Included are diagrams of the VWT and Timber Leaves den box designs and step-by-step construction photographs.

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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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Constructing, erecting and monitoring pine marten den boxes

These instructions show how to construct a pine marten den box, which is used to provide an artificial breeding site for pine martens in areas where there is an absence of natural tree cavities. Included are diagrams of the VWT den box design and guidance for construction, maintenance and site selection.

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Croose, E. et al. (2014). Distribution of the pine marten in southern Scotland in 2013

This report follows on from a pine marten Expansion Zone Survey conducted in 2012 (Croose et al., 2013), which provided information on current patterns of pine marten distribution in Scotland following population recovery and range expansion since the 20th century.

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