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Sainsbury, K. et al. (2020). Diets of European polecat Mustela putorius in Great Britain during fifty years of population recovery.

We analysed stomach contents from 99 polecats collected in 2012–2016 and compared results with earlier studies.

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McNicol et al. (2020). Postrelease movement and habitat selection of translocated pine martens Martes martes

We used radio-tracking to describe postrelease
movement and habitat selection of pine martens translocated from Scotland to Wales.

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McNicol et al. (2020). Translocated native pine martens Martes martes alter short-term space use by invasive non-native grey squirrels Sciurus carolinensis

We investigated the short-term effects of exposure to
translocated pine martens on the space use and survival of resident grey squirrels.

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Finch, D. et al. (2020). Traffic noise playback reduces the activity and feeding behaviour of free-living bats

Using a Before-After-Control-Impact phantom road experimental
design, we examine the impacts of traffic noise on bat activity and feeding behaviour.

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Finch, D. et al. (2020). Modelling the functional connectivity of landscapes for greater horseshoe bats Rhinolophus ferrumequinum at a local scale

This paper examine functional connectivity of greater horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) at a local scale using Circuitscape software.

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Bavin, D. et al. (2020). Using Q-methodology to understand stakeholder perspectives on a carnivore translocation

As part of a national recovery programme for the pine marten Martes martes, a protected mesocarnivore in the UK, we used Q-methodology to understand the perspectives of residents living in an area in which a pine marten translocation project was planned.

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Croose, E. et al. (2018). A review of the status of the Western polecat Mustela putorius: a neglected and declining species?

This paper reviews and summarises information on the polecat’s status and range-wide population trends.

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Wright, P.G.R. et al. (2018). Genetic structure and diversity of a rare woodland bat, Myotis bechsteinii: comparison of continental Europe and Britain

In this study, we report the genetic diversity and structure of M. bechsteinii across Britain and Europe.

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Living with Pine Martens factsheet

This factsheet provides information and advice on living with pine martens, including how to deter and exclude pine martens from denning in buildings and how to preventing predation on domestic fowl and game birds.

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VWT Newsletter 2020

This issue of our newsletter includes a round-up of our work in 2020 and some of plans for 2021.

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