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Pine Marten Surveys in Scotland
Pine Marten, Martes martes, is the second rarest carnivore in the UK, they are found in a wide selection of habitats, mainly heavily wooded or forested. In recent years the population based in the Scottish Highlands has begun to expand heading south as far as Fife and the Central Belt.
Pine Marten legal protection
Pine Martens are legally protected by The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, in Scotland this is amended by the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 and the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011.
Pine Marten surveys
The Wildlife Survey Unit undertakes Pine Marten surveys throughout Scotland including Inverness, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Argyll, Angus, Perthshire, Caithness and Dumfries and Galloway.
Pine Martens are shy and elusive creatures, largely nocturnal, which makes surveying for them difficult. The Wildlife Survey Unit offers the following survey techniques:
We also have SNH licensed surveyors for examination of potential den sites.
Pine Martens and development
Where disturbance to a den is unavoidable, a licence may be applied for, however this would only be issued:
Pine Marten information
The following websites have more information on Pine Martens:
SNH's Pine Martens and Licensing webpage
SNH Pine Marten Information
SNH's Expansion zone survey of Pine Marten
CIEEM's Competencies for Pine Marten Survey
Vincent Wildlife Trust's Webpage on Pine Marten Projects