After four years of looking, in august 2017 we captured a single male pine marten on the North York Moors. This was the first evidence of the species living in the area for over 35 years.
To increase our understanding of pine marten in Yorkshire we’re running a 3 year project funded by the heritage lottery fund. Working with the forestry commission, the ‘Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme’ will increase survey intensity, support existing populations where found, and develop a long term conservation plan for pine marten in the area.
Finding a small, rare and elusive mammal in endless forest habitat is no mean feat. It takes a lot of hard work, patience, planning and determination.
As part of the HLF project we have a dedicated Pine Marten Programme Officer, Ed Snell. Ed is responsible for all areas of the project from survey planning and equipment maintenance to volunteer management, data handling and stakeholder liaison. All this to find one little mammal!
Monitoring wildlife and engaging people in the lives of Scotland’s iconic species…