The Pine Marten makes a come back into Wales, is England next?


Pine martens, like the one pictured above have been moved from Scotland to the forests of the Cambrian mountains in Wales

Quietly, and with no fuss, a major corner has been turned in the restoration of Britain’s dreadfully impoverished biodiversity: pine martens are being reintroduced to Wales, and may eventually be restored to England, too. For decades, the loveliest of our native carnivores has been hanging on in such tiny numbers that until recently it was not certain it existed at all: it was teetering on the verge of extinction in Wales.

During the last fortnight, a small number of pine martens taken from the thriving Scottish population have been translocated to mid-Wales, and the forests of the Cambrian mountains, and last week. Five martens have already been released in the remote wooded valleys east of Devil’s Bridge, and over the coming weeks 15 more will follow; while next year another 20 will join them, with the aim of creating a Welsh pine marten population that is healthy and self-sustaining.

If the present two-year pilot project succeeds, it will be rolled out to include further releases in England also, at sites ranging potentially from the Lake District to the Forest of Dean.

Read the full account of this extraordinary and exciting relocation written by Michael McCarthy and published in the Independent HERE.

1 comment to The Pine Marten makes a come back into Wales, is England next?

  • Adam L

    Brilliant news! I hope to hear similar news about Lynx being released in the wild soon. But this is great and will boost the tiny Welsh population to a healthy population hopefully.