April 1st, 2016
One of Ireland’s most elusive native mammals, the pine marten, is to be supported and monitored in a new joint project by two national environmental conservation groups. The Native Woodland Trust and the Vincent Wildlife Trust are collaborating on the project in Tyrrellspass, County Westmeath, where they will be providing artificial denning sites to support this member of the weasel family.
Pine martens suffered a decline in the last century due to loss of forest habitat, persecution as a potential predator of livestock and hunting for its fur. Since achieving legal status as a protected species in 1976, they have been making a slow recovery.
The Native Woodland Trust and the Vincent Wildlife Trust will present a talk on the project in Tyrrellspass, Westmeath on Saturday the 2nd of April.