Female pine martens give birth to two or three kits in April, usually among rocks or in a tree hollow, and rear them alone for the next seven months with no help from the absent father. In mid-Wales, conservationists will be checking their nestbox cameras anxiously to see if the martens that were translocated from the species’ Scottish stronghold repeat the breeding success of the past three years; currently, the Welsh population is estimated to be around 60 animals. All being well, more martens will be taken to Gloucestershire’s Forest of Dean this September – the first official reintroduction in England.
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Pine Marten Recovery Project, Vincent Wildlife Trust: vwt.org.uk