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Pine martens in Wales to benefit from Postcode Lottery funding

Through its Pine Marten Recovery Project, Vincent Wildlife Trust has restored the native pine marten to mid-Wales. Over a period of three years, more than 50 martens were brought from Scotland, where they are thriving, to mid-Wales where they were on the brink of extinction. Now, with £20,000 funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant Read More

4th March 2019

Mammalian carnivores stage a comeback in Britain

A new paper assessing the changing fortunes of Britain’s native mammalian carnivores has been published in the journal Mammal Review, led by VWT PhD student Katie Sainsbury. Katie is completing her PhD focusing on polecat recovery at the University of Exeter, with VWT and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). For the study, Katie Read More

25th February 2019

New paper published on a method to monitor weasels and stoats

For the last year, we’ve been attempting to get to grips with how to monitor weasels and stoats. Although both species are considered to be widespread and common in Britain, little is known about their abundance and population trends outside of game estates, and there is currently no reliable, cost-effective method to monitor live weasels Read More

21st February 2019

European Mustelid Colloquium

The VWT and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon are organising the 33rd European Mustelid Colloquium, which will be held on 8th-11th October 2019 at the University of Lisbon. Please save the date! Registration and abstract submission will be available from early 2019. For further details, visit the Colloquium website (currently in development).  

13th December 2018

Newsletter December 2018

VWT’s latest newsletter has been published! This issue of our newsletter includes the launch of a new website for pine martens in Ireland, the latest updates on our pine marten work in Wales and northern England, ringing Barbastelles and other bat research projects, results from this year’s research on weasels and stoats, updates from conferences Read More

10th December 2018

VWT Ireland launches

A small native Irish mammal has entered the digital age by having its own website. is a one-stop shop for information on pine martens in Ireland, and is the result of a partnership between Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Read More

29th November 2018

New Bat Conservation Officers appointed

We’re delighted to welcome two new Bat Conservation Officers to the Trust. Tom Kitching is a bat biologist, with an MRes in Biodiversity and Conservation. He has a background in working with volunteers at various international wildlife NGOs, on a range of terrestrial mammals. Since specialising in bats, he has undertaken research modelling the distribution Read More

15th November 2018

Update on pine marten carcass found in Derbyshire in July 2018

  Update on the pine marten carcass found in July 2018 on the A38 in Derbyshire The Vincent Wildlife Trust has confirmed that the pine marten carcass recovered in July 2018 from the A38 near Belper had been translocated from Scotland to mid-Wales in 2015 as part of the Trust’s Pine Marten Recovery Project. This Read More

29th August 2018

Pine marten project wins Conservation Gold Award

We’re delighted that Chester Zoo has won a Conservation Gold Award from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) for their work on our Pine Marten Recovery Project. Chester Zoo is a major partner in The Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Pine Marten Recovery Project. To help Wales’ pine marten population recover, the Project has translocated 51 Read More

18th June 2018

Rare pine marten captured on camera in Northumberland

Back from the Brink’s Pine Marten project, led by Vincent Wildlife Trust, has captured what is thought to be the first ever video footage of a pine marten in Northumberland. Tom Dearnley, Ecologist from the Forestry Commission, said “This is tremendous news and we are delighted to witness the return of pine martens in one Read More

20th March 2018
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