Pine marten seen in England for the first time in a hundred years

 Image of an English Pine Marten captured by Dave Pearce
Photographic proof that there was a pine marten in the woods of south-west Shropshire sparked a wave of excitement among local conservationists A dark shape moved rapidly through the woods and moments later, with a flash of its bushy tail, disappeared into the undergrowth.

Keen nature-watcher Dave Pearce’s first instinct was to reach for his camera – and in doing so he took the photograph of a lifetime, capturing what is believed by some to be the first confirmed sighting of a wild English pine marten in a century.

Stuart Edmunds, of Shropshire Wildlife Trust, said he had spent the past five years looking for just such an image amid numerous false alarms.

Read the full account published in the Independent today.

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