One of Scotland’s rarest carnivores is showing signs of recovery after years of declining populations, a new report has suggested.
A joint survey by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT) has found the number of pine marten appears to be growing. The mammal is said to be “established” in Caithness, Moray, Perth and Kinross, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Fife. However, it is now being spotted in southern Argyll and Stirlingshire.
The pine marten was once found throughout Britain, but the species suffered heavily during the 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century, the animal was limited to North West Scotland, where the species survived in areas of remote forest and rocky moorland.
SNH estimates there are now about 2,600 to 3,500 adult martens in Scotland…