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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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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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A guide to identifying the small mustelids of Britain and Ireland

The small mustelids are characterised by their long thin body shape, which enables them to follow their prey down small tunnels and burrows. However, because of their similar body shape they can be difficult to distinguish from each other. This guide helps with the identification of the mustelid family.

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Quick-start guide to the identification of small mustelids

This ‘quick-start’ guide shows the distinguishing features of members of the small mustelid family in Britain and Ireland, which includes the otter, pine marten, polecat, polecat-ferret, mink, stoat and weasel. It also shows common small mustelid tracks and signs.

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Croose, E., Birks, J.D.S. & Schofield, H.W. (2013). Expansion zone survey of pine marten distribution in Scotland

This report arises from a partnership project involving The Vincent Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage. The aim of this field-based survey was to gather new information on the changing distribution of the pine marten in 2012.Given the anecdotal evidence of the species’ continuing re-colonisation of Scotland following its historical decline, this survey concentrated upon an ‘Expansion Zone’ beyond the pine marten’s known range revealed by surveys in the 1980s (Velander 1983) and 1990s (Balharry et al. 1996).

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Jordan, N. et al. (2012). Molecular comparison of historical and contemporary pine marten populations

We investigated the origins and persistence of European pine marten populations across the British Isles by identifying mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences from contemporary populations (sampled since 1981) and comparing these with those of older ‘historical’ museum specimens (pre-1981) originally collected from the same geographic areas.

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Jordan, N. (2011). Strategy for Restoring the Pine Marten to England and Wales

Although sightings reports and occasional genetic evidence confirm the presence of the pine marten in parts of England and Wales, limited success in their detection despite concerted efforts suggest that they are not abundant and that populations have failed to recover from their historical decline.

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