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Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shropshire pine marten project

Pine Martens have reappeared in Shropshire and we want them to stay! We are seeking funding to sustain the population through research, monitoring and engagement with communities and landowners.
Charity Registration No: 212744

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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.



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7 days ago

Excellent work!


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Sian Jones

9 days ago

Keep up the great work :)


+ £5 Gift Aid

Eileen Wise

9 days ago


Emma Tipton

10 days ago


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About the charity

Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shropshire Wildlife Trust is the only conservation organisation that works exclusively in Shropshire. We create safe places for wildlife to live across Shropshire - not just on our 40+ nature reserves but in your local community, workplace and school.

Charity Registration No: 212744


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