Once found across Britain, the pine marten was prone to persecution until relatively recently. Though it has recovered a little from a dramatic decline, the species is still rare.
In 2015 a very lucky local photographer caught a picture of a pine marten in woodlands in South Shropshire. This was the first confirmed sighting of a pine marten in England for over 100 years.
Since this discovery, Shropshire Wildlife Trust have been working hard to find out more about this population. So far 9 individuals, including two young kits have been identified.
We are now seeking further funding to continue the project and to help sustain the population. Specifically we would like to:
- Monitor pine marten using camera traps, DNA analysis and a conservation sniffer dog. This will enable us to have a greater idea of how many individuals there are, what habitat they are using and what their diet is.
- Ensure woodlands are suitable for the population. It is important that connecting woodland corridors are managed correctly. This will mean working with local landowners, gamekeepers and the community to raise awareness.
- We will undertake research into creating denning sites (hollow trees), as well as installing pine marten den boxes.
- We will visit local groups to carry out talks and presentations and work alongside land owners to monitor woodlands nearby. There will be volunteering and engagement opportunities for all ages.
If you feel you would like to donate to the project, we would be very grateful. All donations will go directly to conserving pine martens in Shropshire. Thank you.