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  • How to exclude pine martens from game and poultry pens (Ireland)

    This leaflet provides information on practical steps you can take to protect game and domestic fowl from pine martens. Details are provided on preventative methods such as line wire and overhang electric fencing and pop holes. Guidance is also given on making hen houses marten-proof.


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  • Croose, E., Birks, J.D.S. & Schofield, H.W. (2013). Expansion zone survey of pine marten distribution in Scotland

    This report arises from a partnership project involving The Vincent Wildlife Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage. The aim of this field-based survey was to gather new information on the changing distribution of the pine marten in 2012. Given the anecdotal evidence of the species’ continuing re-colonisation of Scotland following its historical decline, […]


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  • Jordan, N. et al. (2012). Molecular comparison of historical and contemporary pine marten populations

    We investigated the origins and persistence of European pine marten (Martes martes) populations across the British Isles by identifying mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences from contemporary populations (sampled since 1981) and comparing these with those of older ‘historical’ museum specimens (pre-1981) originally collected from the same geographic areas.


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  • Jordan, N. et al. (2011). The Great North Pine Marten Pursuit Report

    The “Great North Pine Marten Pursuit‟ (GNPMP) surveys were initiated in order to collect pine marten DNA from extant populations of England. The GNPMP aimed to determine, unequivocally, the presence of pine martens in specific areas, and so allow a focussing of future conservation resources in those areas; and to determine the genetic […]


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  • Jordan, N. (2011). Strategy for Restoring the Pine Marten to England and Wales

    A preliminary framework is outlined in this document for the practical work and research required to restore and secure the future of self-sustaining populations of the pine marten in England and Wales. Rather than being a prescriptive manual of solutions, the strategy instead focuses on identifying the relevant gaps in our knowledge, […]


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  • Messenger, J. et al. (2010). Pine Marten Scat DNA Survey of England and Wales 2008-2009

    In 1995 The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) revived its interest in pine martens and explored a number of different methods of detecting the presence of martens, including scat surveys. During this period the Trust’s experiences led to a growing scepticism about the reliability of the field identification of scats on the basis […]


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  • Poulton, S. et al. (2006). A quality scoring system for pine marten sightings

    Rare carnivores live at low densities and detection problems make cost-effective census programmes over wide areas difficult. We developed a system based on structured interviews to record details of ad hoc sightings of pine martens reported in England and Wales by casual observers in response to targeted publicity.


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  • Birks, J. et al. (2005). Diversity of den sites used by pine martens

    Dens are an important resource for pine martens and sites are selected in response to predation risks and energetic constraints. We compiled a sample of 370 pine marten dens to test the hypothesis that a scarcity of sites leads to the use of suboptimal structures.


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  • Guidance note on a fur snagging system for pine martens

    A guidance note on a system employing a stretched spring to trap dorsal hairs of pine martens which can then be subjected to DNA analysis. This advice note includes the construction, deployment and maintenance of this system used for collecting hair samples from pine martens as they visit specially designed baiting stations.


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  • Birks, J. et al. (2004). Are scat surveys a reliable method for assessing distribution of pine martens?

    Systematic searches for marten feces or ‘scats’ have been used since 1980 for assessing the status of protected populations of pine martens in Britain. This report reviews the recent history of survey programs for pine marten populations in Britain and examines the accuracy of marten scat identification in the field.


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