Although long suspected, research at Aberdeen University shows that areas with growing pine marten populations have seen grey squirrel numbers fall because unlike red squirrels they provide easy prey for the predators. The article at this link describes the work of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Pine Marten Project. Our Society has been pleased to work with SWT Project Manager, Stuart Edmunds.  At the Woodland Fair last October, Stuart’s talk on the return of the Pine Marten was well attended, and a camera trap he placed in the quillet has produced a very good night time image of a pine marten as it passed through, no doubt tempted by the irresistible aroma of decomposing chicken liver pate which, apparently, is what they like best of all.  

Pine Marten





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