Yorkshire Pine Marten Project

A puma passes a Browning trail camera in Ecuador

NatureSpy updates from lockdown and beyond…

Well… this is all a bit mad. The world has obviously changed quite a bit in the last 6-7 months due to you-know-what, and we thought we’d give a quick update on what that has meant for NatureSpy – both for our customers and the projects we run and partners we work with. Our priority …

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Badger and cubs

Creating species records – volunteer’s picks, part 1!

As part of the 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme, we are creating records of all the species that pass by our wildlife cameras. We use over 50 camera traps as our main survey tools in this project as they effectively give us eyes in the forest 24/7; this is really …

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Setting up wildlife cameras for red deer

Camera trap reveals who left the prints…

From Ed Snell, Pine marten project officer When setting up wildlife cameras for the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme, we’re always on the lookout for features like animal trails and good places to hide away bait. Setting up camera traps on cold but clear January morning The camera trap site in the video below looked …

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A volunteer checks one of the project cameras

Getting the most out of camera traps on the pine marten project

By Ed Snell, Yorkshire Pine Marten Project Officer Camera trap surveys are our main research method on the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme. This blog post gives some insight into why we think they’re ideal for this kind of project and how we set up our cameras. A project camera trap collected in snowy conditions …

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Goshawks, red stags and busy cameras…

A January update from the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme… By Ed Snell, Yorkshire Pine Marten Officer When we’re going through camera trap footage from the colder months of the year we generally expect to see less activity as the inhabitants of the forests on the North York Moors become less active over winter. This …

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November pine marten programme update

The latest from the camera traps… By Ed Snell, Yorkshire Pine Marten Project Officer As we move through autumn into winter, we start to see less activity on our camera traps as the wildlife that inhabits the forests of the North York Moors starts to batten down the hatches for winter. We’re yet to see …

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Project Officer Ed checks pine marten hair tubes

Hair tubes, chicken wings and invisible martens…

(aka pine marten DNA surveys…) By Ed Snell, Yorkshire Pine Marten Project Officer One of our objectives of the Yorkshire Pine Marten Support Programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is obtain pine marten DNA so we can establish their origin and identify individual martens. There are two common ways of doing this; through analysis …

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