Pine martens confirmed in New Forest

Local enthusiasts claim to have taken both video footage and photographs of pine martens in the New Forest National Park.

Image: Wild New Forest
Image: Wild New Forest

Several sightings have been reported locally in recent years, but this is the first to be supported by photographic evidence, according to Russell Wynn and Marcus Ward of the group Wild New Forest.

The two have deployed camera traps under a Forestry Commission licence.

"One of the more ambitious aims of our Wild New Forest camera-trapping programme was to target potential sites where we might capture a pine marten on film," the two wrote on the organisation's blog.

"We struck gold on 12 March 2016, when a trail camera recording video clips captured some great footage of a pine marten visiting the bait station."

The footage can be seen here and here.

Other confirmed pine marten sightings came last year in Cornwall and Shropshire, prior to which the creatures had not been sighted in England for a century. The Vincent Wildlife Trust has also embarked on a re-introduction programme in mid-Wales.

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