Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group
Wildwood Group

Stoat

Mustela erminea

Stoats are members of the mustelid family, along with weasels, otters, badgers and pine martens. They are most similar to weasels Mustela nivalis but stoats are larger and always have a black tail tip, which weasels lack. Just to confuse the issue, in Eire, where there are no weasels, stoats are referred to as weasels! Stoats are highly elusive, so although they are fairly common, many people have never seen a wild one.