Mov­ing south

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild Spring -

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.


Pine Marten Re­cov­ery Project, Vincent Wildlife Trust:

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