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Meet the Pine Martens — a family-friendly online talk

Find out about pine martens and why Vincent Wildlife Trust has just launched its new pine marten project— Martens on the Move.

Over the next four years, Martens on the Move will work with communities to improve habitat for pine martens, recruit and train volunteers to monitor pine martens as they move into new areas and provide opportunities for a diverse range of community groups, landowners and organisations to find out more about the species and opportunities to play a role in its recovery.

Thank you! You have helped to create a safe haven for horseshoe bats

Thanks to the huge generosity of groups and individuals, we have been able to purchase a vital maternity roost for one of our rarest mammals, the greater horseshoe bat…and have made it a safe haven.


New video for Conservation Evidence

As part of its role as an Evidence Champion with Conservation Evidence, based at the University of Cambridge, Vincent Wildlife Trust has produced a new video sharing how our recent and successful Pine Marten Recovery Project was underpinned by scientific and social research and evidence. Find out more by watching this short video.

The pine marten: Back from the Brink in northern England

The pine marten is one of Britain’s rarest mammals. Vincent Wildlife Trust and the National-Lottery funded Back from the Brink project have confirmed that pine martens are returning to their former haunts in northern England. Find out more in this video.

Greater horseshoe bats in HD thermal infrared

Vincent Wildlife Trust is extremely grateful to Dr Ian Baker, of Leonardo UK Ltd, for his generosity in sharing his video of footage filmed for the BBC programme Inside the Bat Cave, which aired on BBC2 in October 2020. This was filmed using thermal imaging cameras over a few weeks in the summer of 2019 and gives a unique view of greater horseshoe bats at one of VWT’s largest maternity roosts in Dorset. The video also includes footage filmed by Dr Liat Wicks.

You can also help the recovery of this species continue across the country through our Sussex Bat Appeal.

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.

As part of our Pine Marten Recovery Programme, VWT ran a camera trap loan scheme, where cameras were loaned to volunteers to record footage of pine martens. This scheme has provided thousands of hours of footage and is helping us to monitor the pine marten population as it grows and expands its range from the original release sites.

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.

Wild in Wales

What does it mean to you to have pine martens in Wales? In a video produced by the VWT, we ask this question to a number of people who live or work in Wales. This is what a few of those interviewed had to say:

To think that they have come back to mid Wales, not far from my home, I tell you it is like welcoming back an old friend really. I dream of the day when I can walk along here and actually see a pine marten, so I am so happy about this.’

Iolo Williams, Naturalist and Broadcaster

One of the things that has really impressed me about the pine marten reinforcement programme in mid-Wales is Vincent Wildlife Trust’s considerable attention to detail.’

Arwel Jones, Independent Consultant on Rural Development

Pine martens in the Scottish Highlands

In the Autumn of 2016, 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!).

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