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  • PMRP E-newsletter February 2015

    The second in the Pine Marten Recovery Project newsletter series. This issue provides an update from our Pine Marten Project Manager, Jenny MacPherson, and Pine Marten Project Officer, David Bavin. Also included is news on a pine marten study tour to the Netherlands, and an insight into VWT pine marten work taking place in Read More


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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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  • VWT E-newsletter December 2014

    Staff have been busy identifying ways to build on existing areas of work whilst developing new contacts through awareness-raising activities. As a result, the MISE project has secured funding for a further six months, our pine marten feasibility study has moved forward, our species recovery activities in Wales and our long-term Bechstein’s ringing project has provided data for a new PhD partnership with Read More


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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 Read More


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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 Read More


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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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  • People & Pine Marten in Wales: Public Opinion Survey 2013

    Following extensive survey work and research in Wales over a twenty year period, The Vincent Wildlife Trust has decided that the only way there will be a recovery of the pine marten in Wales is through active intervention; reinforcing the existing population. This type of work cannot succeed without public support and participation.


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  • Lesser Horseshoe Night Roost Design

    We have recently developed and tested a design for a night roost for lesser horseshoe bats. More information and the design of the night roost is detailed in this document.


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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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