Love­able rogues

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

COUN­TRY MOUSE thinks it’s a ‘rare gift’ to see a pine marten and it was a good week for the crea­tures in Wales (June 21). Some years ago, we had a den of them in a birch wood not far from our house. No fence will keep pine martens out and the kits were soon in the kitchen gar­den. One af­ter­noon, I went out to pick rasp­ber­ries and they ran away scream­ing with glee, hav­ing got there first. They also like honey. Be­ing short of hives, I’d put a swarm of bees into a trav­el­ling box. The fol­low­ing morn­ing, it had been torn open, but the hon­ey­combs were un­touched—the bees had seen the in­trud­ers off, no doubt badly stung. The adults are mainly noc­tur­nal, but the young­sters would even come to the back door, look­ing for the crumbs put out for birds. Thank you for pro­duc­ing such an in­ter­est­ing mag­a­zine—as one of your older read­ers at 93, it keeps me in touch with the out­side world. Lucinda Ban­gor-jones, Suther­land

The writer of the letter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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