Monday, 16 November 2009

Wildlife: Pine Marten

The Pine Marten Martes martes is a Mustelid: a family of small carnivores that includes weasels, minks, polecats and otters. They occur over much of Europe in mature woodlands, often areas dominated by conifer. They are often locally common but, besides being mostly nocturnal, they are often wary of humans and hence not always easy to observe. Pine Martens can be separated from their close relative the Beech Marten (aka Stone Marten) by its yellow throat (Beech has a white throat) and longer ears and legs. Photo courtesy of Heatherlea.

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