Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Shropshire pine marten project

Pine martens are the rarest mammal in England however Shropshire is proving to be a stronghold for a breeding population. Their future depends on the creation of suitable habitats and well connected woodland sites. Please help us ensure they have the best chance of survival.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in England and Wales (212744)

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Pine martens declined to the point of extinction in England due to being hunted for their fur and persecution by gamekeepers. They have also suffered from felling and fragmentation of forests. Their recovery is limited by a lack of good quality habitat with hollow trees for breeding and shelter.


We will: * Develop improved monitoring methods * Raise awareness of martens within the local community * Restore woodland habitats * Work with local landowners to create pine marten friendly habitat * Improve connections between woodlands to ensure that individual pine martens can find a mate * Continue surveying to look for evidence of pine martens elsewhere

  • I was lucky enough to take the first confirmed photo of a pine marten in a Shropshire wood. I'm astonished we've now found a breeding population this project will really help us ensure they thrive and spread.

    — "Pine marten" Dave Pearce