"The information from these surveys, and particularly any DNA samples collected, will be used to target long-term monitoring and management in the most important locations, and to investigate the origins of pine marten
populations in England."
The money will enable the wildlife charity to survey a number of key sites in Northumberland for evidence of pine martens
Ornithologist and wildlife photographer John Knight, of Stokesley, spotted a pine marten
in the woods in July.
The foiled pine marten
. Picture courtesy of Lewis Pate
He adds that pine martens
are known to eat red squirrels and that it is too simplistic to say that they simply prefer to eat greys.
This is also great news for the red squirrel because research suggests pine martens
also prey on grey squirrels.
Helminth parasites of pine marten
, Martes americana (Turton) from Ontario, Canada.
Like red squirrels, pine martens
were once very common in Britain, but habitats disappeared and once again, the Victorians were responsible for exterminating many so they could protect game birds being bred for shooting.
"The pine marten
did a dance and the cat took a swipe at it but after that, they didn't bother with each other.
With what is the 10th year of ospreys breeding in the forest and the recent discovery of a fifth nest, the return of the pine marten
has highlighted how Kielder has matured and is attracting a wide range of wildlife.
Current monitoring of pine marten
populations in Britain and Ireland is based upon establishing its presence in hectad (100 [km.sup.2]) sampling units based on the detection of scats along typically a single transect (Balharry et al.
" Pine marten
numbers are slowly on the rise in Ireland with the animals spreading into new areas.