Pine marten distribution survey of Wales

Vincent Wildlife Trust has launched a new survey to track the spread of pine martens in Wales.

 

Between 2015 and 2017, the Trust carried out a pine marten population reinforcement in Wales, whereby 51 pine martens were translocated to mid-Wales from Scotland, resulting in the re-establishment of a viable marten population.

As the population increases in number and range, there is a need for accurate, up-to-date information on pine marten distribution in Wales. This will act as a baseline on which to base future surveys and monitor future population changes and give us a better understanding of the rate of range expansion and population growth of translocated populations.

Data on pine marten distribution are being collected via scat surveys, with scats verified by DNA analysis, and also sightings and camera trap records from members of the public. We anticipate that the results will be available in early 2020.

A pine marten, translocated from Scotland to mid-Wales, in a pre-release pen © Nick Upton/ naturepl.com

 

If you see a pine marten in Wales or the Marches (Herefordshire/Shropshire) or record one via camera trap, please report your sighting to us to here. If you have a photo or video to send us, please email enquiries@vwt.org.uk.