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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 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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  • Annual Report Summary 2013

    This summary version of The Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Annual Report outlines our achievements in 2013. It also gives a financial synopsis and summarises our future plans. If you would like to read the VWT’s audited financial statements for 2013 they are presented in our full VWT ‘Annual Report and Financial Statements’.


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  • Annual Report and Financial Statements 2013

    This report outlines our achievements in 2013, explains our governance arrangements and outlines our future plans. The VWT’s audited financial statements for 2013 provide financial details of our work during the year and how it was funded.


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  • VWT E-newsletter May 2014

    This issue reflects on the recent death of our friend, founder and primary benefactor, The Honourable Vincent Weir. It also includes details on the launch of a new project, the Pine Marten Recovery Project, and new National Polecat Survey. VWT also collaborates with the Mammal Ecology Group at NUIG on the Irish stoat project.


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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 Read More


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  • PMRP E-newsletter February 2014

    This newsletter is the first in a series that will keep you updated with the progress of VWT’s Pine Marten Recovery Project, report on all things pine marten and solicit support and comment on our activities.


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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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