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  • Prospects for Pine Martens E-zine April 2011

    A few weeks ago, we headed up to Argyll, Scotland, to undertake some pine marten surveys. Unlike in England and Wales, pine marten populations have recovered very well in Scotland and are increasingly abundant in many areas, making this a good area to test and validate some detection techniques.


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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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  • Jordan, N. et al. (2011). The Great North Pine Marten Pursuit Report

    The ‘Great North Pine Marten Pursuit’ surveys were initiated in order to collect pine marten DNA from extant populations of England. They aimed to determine the presence of pine martens in specific areas, and so allow a focussing of future conservation resources in those areas, whilst also determining the genetic haplotype of Read More


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  • Prospects for Pine Martens E-zine December 2010

    A big thank you to everyone who sponsored Neil to compete in the Great North Run in September. Thanks to your kind generosity a fantastic grand total of £620 was raised! This money will be used to produce and set up pine marten den boxes; an extremely valuable addition to our conservation Read More


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  • McAney K. (2010) A pilot study to test the use of hair tubes to detect the Irish stoat along hedgerows in County Galway.

    In Ireland the Irish stoat is considered to be a near-endemic subspecies, with >90% of the global population estimated to occur in the country. This study involved laying plastic baited hair tubes, 10 per 200 metres at 20m intervals, along hedgerows in the bottom left 1km2 of 10 km grid squares across County Read More


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  • VWT E-newsletter Autumn 2010

    The first of VWT’s six-monthly ‘e-zine’ to keep you informed about our work. This issue includes updates on tracking down the Irish stoat, our ‘Prospects for Pine Martens project, news from our dormouse team, and the bat work taking place in Poland, Wales and Dorset.


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  • Prospects for Pine Martens E-zine September 2010

    The most exciting news of the last quarter (and probably the last few years!) was the discovery of a pine marten scat in Northumberland! The scat was discovered on top of a pine marten den box in Kidland Forest in the Cheviot Hills and collected by Kevin O’Hara from Northumberland Wildlife Trust.


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  • Prospects for Pine Martens E-zine May 2010

    In recent weeks, our letter box has been packed full of smelly parcels that people have been sending us. Although the postman may not agree, we are delighted to see that so many of you are out and about collecting possible pine marten scats. A huge thank you to all of you Read More


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  • Prospects for Pine Martens E-zine February 2010

    In December, the pursuit for the pine marten gathered momentum in the Rheidol Valley in mid-west Wales. The Rheidol valley has produced many pine marten sightings over the years and a scat survey in 2007 lead to the discovery of a pine marten scat, confirmed by DNA analysis. The area has some Read More


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  • Messenger, J. et al. (2010). Pine Marten Scat DNA Survey of England and Wales 2008-2009

    In 1995 The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) revived its interest in pine martens and explored a number of different methods of detecting the presence of martens, including scat surveys. During this period the Trust’s experiences led to a growing scepticism about the reliability of the field identification of scats on the basis Read More


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