Pine Marten

Pine Martens are protected by European and national legislation in all parts of Britain and Ireland

Pine Martens are protected by European and national legislation in all parts of Britain and Ireland. They are most common in Scotland and the west of Ireland but are also found in isolated populations in Wales and Northern England. Surveys for this species can sometimes be required for major development projects which impact on extensive areas of upland conifer forest (i.e. wind farms) or which severe habitat connectivity (i.e. a roads scheme).

Methodology

Surveys usually involve a combination of walked transects to search for scats (which can be sent for DNA analysis) and baited camera traps (which reduce or remove the need for DNA to be checked). In large areas of poor quality habitat where population density is very low, the provision of artificial den boxes is sometimes used to confirm presence. These can also be provided as part of any mitigation strategy.

Blackstaff ecology has extensive experience of surveying for this species across Ireland and Scotland.

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