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European Pine Marten

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    18th Aug, 2020
  • The European Pine Marten is a small carnivore from the Mustelid family.
  • It preys more on grey squirrel (not native to Britain and Ireland) than the native red squirrel.
  • Pine martens raid the nests of grey squirrels called dreys.
  • The marten prefers grey squirrels as they are larger and thus a richer food source.
  • Red squirrels have evolved to live alongside martens.
  • IUCN status: Least Concern