Innovative mammal conservation

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Pine martens, polecats and other carnivores

VWT classifies British, Irish and European terrestrial mammal species using its own assessment of their conservation need based on a number of factors, including IUCN Red List Category, but also population status and an assessment of emerging threats or wildlife conflict. The species we work on may be categorised by the IUCN criteria as Threatened or Near Threatened, but we may also include more common species that are facing a new threat.


National Polecat Survey (2024-2025)

VWT’s National Polecat Survey is appealing to members of the public to record the presence of polecats, and will run from 2024 until the end of 2025.

Martens on the Move

Thanks to funding from The National Lottery, the Martens on the Move project will help ensure the long-term survival of the pine marten.


Pine marten

Martes martes


Mustela putorius

European mink

Mustela lutreola


Felis silvestris silvestris


Mustela erminea


Mustela nivalis
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