European Pine Marten
This stunning, elusive animal has a chestnut brown fur and a creamy throat bib. Pine marten’s main diet are small mammals and birds but they will also forage for seasonal fruits and berries. They are territorial marking their range with faeces (scats).
After much persecution and habitat loss leading to fragmentation the pine marten is slowly incresing it’s range and there have been some sightings in the north of England and Wales.
They are so agile that they can jump distances of up to 20ft between the trees and descend head first easily due to their sharp claws and hind legs that can swivel around 180degrees – quick enough to catch a squirrel!
There are very few collections around the UK that keep Pine Martens. They are difficult to breed in captivity and after many unsuccessful years with one pair we now have a new pair, Hamish and Rolo, put together this year for
But after a few hectic weeks, it will be April/May next year before we find out
if they have been successful.