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projects > Carnivore Projects > Back from the Brink: The pine marten (northern England) species recovery project

25th May 2017

Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink is a partnership of conservation organisations working to save England’s most endangered species, thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

The pine marten (northern England) species recovery project

This project is one of several species recovery projects within the Back from the Brink programme, which ran from 2017-2020.

© Robert Cruickshanks

Pine martens were once common and widespread across Britain, but declined during the 18th and 19th centuries and are now rare in England. As the pine marten population in Scotland recovers and expands its range, pine martens have started to re-colonise parts of Northumberland and Cumbria.

This project has helped pave the way for the recovery of the pine marten in northern England as the population spreads south from Scotland. Targeted forests have been surveyed, with help from a network of volunteers, and artificial den boxes have been installed to provide resting and breeding sites for pine martens. The project has also raised awareness of pine martens and provided opportunities for local communities and volunteers to get involved in monitoring and conservation work.


Find out more about the project by reading these resources:

How can I help?

Although the project will soon be coming to an end in terms of funding, we are still keen to receive sightings of pine martens in northern England. Please keep an eye out for pine martens and report any sightings to


3-4 Bronsil Courtyard, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1EP
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