Pine Marten

Martes martes

The pine marten is a member of the weasel family (Mustelids), and is about the size of a domestic cat. It has distinctive chestnut fur, with darker paws and tail and a white underside. It has fantastic climbing abilities and you will often see the pine martens at Wildwood running up the side of the enclosure, or perched high in the branches. They are carnivores and in the wild would eat rodents, small animals and bird eggs. At Wildwood they are fed in the afternoon and are often more active then. Until 200 years ago, the pine marten was one of Britain's more common woodland mammals. Unfortunately, their habit of preying on game birds and their eggs meant that they fell foul of gamekeepers and the species was wiped out across large areas of Britain.

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