In 1998, there were only 40 red squirrels remaining on the island of Anglesey. Today, thanks to the successful eradication of grey squirrels there are around 800 red squirrels and the population has expanded across the Menai Straits into northern Gwynedd. Bangor is the only City in Wales where this rare native woodland species present.
In March 2018 we found evidence of pine marten in Arfon District, Gwynedd. Our volunteers have been monitoring this population using wildlife cameras across the project area including in woodland in the Ogwen valley. A Bangor University MSc student investigated the response of local red squirrels to the presence of this arboreal predator and found that red squirrels actually increased activity at feeders assocaited with pine marten activity.
We have established a growing network of pine marten nest boxes which allow us to collect data on distribution and, by analysing scat, the diet of this small predator. Working with the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Wildwood Trust, New Forest Wildlife Park and the University of Newcastle we now have a project to release more animals into the landscape. Working with APHA labs we have helped develop new non-invasive techniques to assess viral infections amongst captive and wild pine martens.
We are dedicated to conserving rare wodland mammals.
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First video recording of a foraging pine marten in Arfon district, northern Gwynedd.