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Pine Marten Recovery Project update

The largest carnivore recovery programme of its kind is well underway with the restoration of healthy and self-sustaining pine marten populations in southern Britain. It has been six months since we completed the first translocations of 20 pine martens to Wales from Scotland. In that time, these pioneering martens have settled in the release area Read More

24th May 2016

Polecat Survey report published

The report on our recent national polecat survey has just been published and can be downloaded here. We are very grateful to everyone who submitted records for the survey. Without you, the survey would not have been possible. A summary of the survey report is shown below. Summary A total of 1761 records of polecats Read More

7th April 2016

Polecats in the News

The VWT’s polecat work has recently hit the headlines. VWT’s Lizzie Croose was interviewed on Winterwatch Unsprung about polecats and other mustelids. The story about the recovery of the polecat was also broadcast on the BBC national news and you can read the accompanying article here.

2nd February 2016

Major funding awarded by PTES

The VWT is delighted to confirm that the Pine Marten Recovery Project has just been awarded a further £90,000 by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, bringing the PTES’s financial support of the project to well over £100,000. This grant will be vitally important in helping us to fund the translocation and radio-tracking stages of Read More

2nd February 2016

Our Beacon for Bats end of project report

We have just published the end of project report for the VWT’s Our Beacon for Bats Project. This report presents the achievements and outcomes of the project, which involved local people in the conservation of lesser horseshoe bats in the Usk Valley in south Wales. Download the report here

16th December 2015

November E-newsletter published

This month the VWT celebrates 40 years of wildlife conservation. In this issue there are the latest updates from the Pine Marten Recovery Project and exciting news from our bat projects and reserves. It also includes details from our National Polecat Survey and study tours to Poland, Luxembourg and Germany. Download the November E-newsletter.

9th November 2015


The VWT’s Pine Marten Recovery Project is on the BBC’s Autumnwatch. Pine marten project staff Dr Jenny Macpherson and David Bavin talk to Iolo Williams about the project and the progress of the VWT’s translocation of pine martens from Scotland to Wales. Broadcast date: 8pm Tuesday 3 November BBC2. The piece can be watched here.

2nd November 2015

Pine martens arrive in Wales

Britain’s first carnivore recovery scheme on a nationwide scale is underway. Native pine martens from Scotland are beginning a new life in Wales, and more are on the way. Leading this project is The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT), a charity with 30 years’ experience of pine marten research, and today the Trust is delighted to Read More

29th September 2015

New study of VWT Irish bat box schemes available

We have just completed a study of our Schwegler Irish bat box schemes that have been in place since 1999, thanks to a grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. We initially erected the boxes in order to verify a bat detector record that had been published for a barbastelle bat in Read More

14th August 2015

MISE Project comes to an end

The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project, which has been running since April 2011, officially finished at the end of June. The project was a collaboration between Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) (the lead partner), Waterford City and County Council and the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Ireland, and The Vincent Wildlife Trust, Natural Resources Read More

7th July 2015
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