Last year, a group of Scottish pine martens were released into the Welsh woodlands with the hope that they could recover their dwindling numbers in Wales, and it has been a success!
The team at Forestry Enterprise Scotland captured 20 Scottish pine martens from the Scottish Highlands last year. They were then released into a woodland in Wales as part of the Welsh Pine Marten Recovery Project.
Pine martens are usually around the size of a small domestic cat, with incredible climbing skills, as well as a high level of agility. They tend to be solitary animals and are the second rarest carnivore in Britain, with the first rarest being the wildcat.
The woodland owners, Natural Resources Wales, have tracked and monitored these animals through radio tracking devices and have discovered the project has so far been a success. Their findings have shown that at least 3 of the 10 female pine martens have given birth to kits.
The next step in the program is to release a further 20 Scottish pine martens to woodlands in both England and Wales. The next stage in the plan will be put into motion this August, which is peak the pine marten’s peak mating season. This is all done in the hope that by the end of this year they will be able to take these endangered animals off their danger list.
If you would like the chance to catch a glimpse of one of these magical creatures, why not take a trip glamping in Wales?