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Pine Marten

Back on the Trail of Pine Martens in Northern England

Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Back from the Brink (BftB) Pine Marten Project is facilitating and monitoring the natural recovery of the pine marten as it moves over the border from Scotland into northern England. Working with volunteers, landowners and land managers, we are surveying woodlands in Northumberland and Cumbria to collect information on the presence and...

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Celebrating Our Pine Marten 2019 Highlights

  Our Pine Marten project has had a busy 2019 - here are some of their highlights!   Continued to record evidence of Pine Martens on camera traps in forests in Northumberland and Cumbria. 37 volunteers have helped with surveying and monitoring Pine Martens. We ran a creative workshop to make feeder boxes for pine...

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Crafty Pine Martens!

We recently ran a creative workshop as part of our Pine Marten Project to make feeder boxes for Pine Martens at National Trust's Cragside in Northumberland. What exactly are feeder boxes? They are wooden boxes which can be filled with food, such as peanuts, and installed on a tree. A camera trap can be trained...

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Looking back – the Pine Marten project

Well, what a year it’s been with our first confirmed Northumberland Pine Marten record and now our first confirmed Cumbrian record from the Kershope forest area. It has been non-stop but we still have a long way to go before we can assess the status of the Pine Marten in northern England.  The first record...

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Swapping the Lecture Theatre for the Forest

In our last two Willow Tit blogs, we introduced the project itself and then looked at why it’s been chosen for Back from the Brink. In this blog piece, we’re focussing on how you can spot a Willow Tit and what you can do when that happens.

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Filming the Pine Marten – a volunteers view.

The Back from the Brink Pine Marten project is the first time we have volunteered with The Vincent Wildlife Trust (which we thoroughly enjoy). We were introduced to the many aspects of this species and project when we saw it advertised in the local press and social media. We knew Kevin O’Hara (project officer) from...

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The Pine Marten and squirrel conundrum…

Can Pine Martens ‘control’ Grey Squirrels? There has been a lot of interest and media coverage recently on the fascinating relationship between Pine Martens, the non-native Grey Squirrel, and the native Red Squirrel; and the impact that Pine Martens are having on Grey Squirrels. We explore this story a little more in relation to our...

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Introducing the Pine Marten

I can’t begin to tell you all how thrilled I am to be given the opportunity to be the new Pine Marten Project Officer in the north of England with The Vincent Wildlife Trust for the Back from the Brink project.

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