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Wild again in Wales
Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Pine Marten Recovery Project has resulted in the return of the native pine marten to Wales.
Following a feasibility study and extensive consultation, 51 pine martens were translocated to mid-Wales from Scotland between 2015 and 2017. This has resulted in the re-establishment of a viable marten population, with the population growing in number and range. Wild again in Wales is a summary of the project to date.
Pine martens in Wales
Some of our most exciting evidence of pine martens comes through the use of camera traps. These are motion activated cameras that are left out in the field to capture photos or video of visiting martens. Video footage is the best way to check on the body condition of any martens and also record interesting natural behaviour. We can establish whether the marten on camera is male or female, an adult or juvenile.
The Trust is currently running a camera trap loan scheme, where we are providing cameras to individuals who live or work in an area where there may be pine martens. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Go Wild Nature Camps
The aim of the Go Wild Nature Camps were to connect children with their local environment through revealing the wonders and importance of local biodiversity, through hands on learning which included field trips, surveys to locate and record wildlife, close encounters with different animals, as well as games and challenges which were designed to explore important environmental topics in a fun and informative way.
The Go Wild Nature Camps were delivered for the first time as part of Heritage Week 2017 at two locations in County Galway. The nature camps were funded by the Heritage Council and Galway County Council and delivered by BirdWatch Ireland in association with a range of local conservation, research and community organisations which included The Vincent Wildlife Trust, Animal Magic, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Oughterard Heritage Group, Oughterard Courthouse Centre, Oughterard Trout Hatchery and the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna.
Big Week on the Farm
In April 2017, VWT in Ireland’s Ruth Hanniffy was invited to appear on ‘Big Week on the Farm’ to discuss the pine marten live on RTÉ One! This year the show was held at the Shalvey family farm in County Cavan. In the weeks leading up to the live show, some pheasants were killed within an enclosure on the farm, and part of Ruth’s role was to determine whether the enclosure could adequately keep out a carnivore, in particular a pine marten.
A year in the life of PM16
PM16 has been one of our most tricky translocated martens and has really kept our Pine Marten Recovery Project team on their toes! As she explored her new home, it sometimes felt that she was visiting all of Wales before deciding where she wanted to settle. Read some of her highlights in our blog.
Pine martens in the Scottish Highlands
In the Autumn of 2016, The Vincent Wildlife Trust was in the Scottish Highlands catching pine martens for a second phase of translocations to Wales. In this video we bring you the very best footage of the pine martens who came to visit the trap sites (and a few unexpected visitors too!).
Miss Piggy’s Year
This video is a compilation of camera trap footage following the activity of one of the pine martens translocated from Scotland to Wales last autumn as part of our Pine Marten Recovery Project. All of the martens that came down to Wales were given nicknames by the team, normally by the people who drove them down at 3am, so some of them are questionable… However, mostly they were referred to by their numbers (because our sleep deprived brains kept mixing up the names!) Miss Piggy, however, was one marten that truly lived up to her name and so it well and truly stuck! For her full story visit the blog.
Pine marten kits born in Wales
Whilst we may be a little biased, some remote cameras set up by our Pine Marten Project Field Assistant, Josie Bridges, have captured some amazing pine marten footage.
We have had several cameras trained on a den box in which PM02 had chosen to give birth and one of the cameras caught some fabulous footage of one of the kits trying to take its first steps out of the box and then falling. Mum comes to the rescue, but is mid-lunch when it happens and she has a grey squirrel in her mouth! Mum drops the squirrel and rescues her wayward kit, carrying it back up the tree before returning for her squirrel. The kit is getting more and more adventurous and will soon be accompanying PM02. Our remote cameras will be there to follow its slow (and somewhat wobbly) footsteps out into the wider world!
An animal that tips the scales at just 6g and that flies silently at night poses challenges to those humans who attempt to study, conserve and capture it on film. But, this feat was achieved in the summer of 2014 when the Trust, and the lesser horseshoe bats it protects, were invited to participate in a film about Irish wildlife called ‘Nature’s Keepers’, the focus of which was to highlight the people who study and conserve the fauna and flora of the island and its surrounding waters. The final one hour film was recently screened on Australian television.
Director Cécile Favier and cameraman Frédéric Menissier of Films Concept Associés for Ushuaïa TV spent one day and night with Kate learning about how the Trust undertakes its work of managing roosts for the lesser horseshoe, the results of this can now be seen on our websites.
Pine marten translocation footage
In the autumn of 2015, The Vincent Wildlife Trust translocated 20 pine martens from Scotland to Wales as part of the Trust’s Pine Marten Recovery Project. This video is a compilation of footage filmed by our staff and from camera traps to give a snapshot of the marten’s journey and how they are settling into their new territory.