I'll just end it there.
I'm kidding!! These are our current "waiting for Pine Marten" stats.....
19 hrs waiting time and 6 minutes of sightings. Yes - you read that right. However it was totally worth it.
There's something so beautiful about Pine Martens even if they are one of our most accomplished predators.
About the size of a cat with a creamy orange bib, brown fur, and fluffy tail they're unmistakable, but when you see those claws and sharp teeth you know they mean business. They're omnivores and if you stumble upon some Pine Marten scat you can tell what they've been eating by the colour and contents (yes, I'm going to talk about poo) I have been close enough to some pretty fresh droppings whilst volunteering with Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels at Argaty. If it's dark and sweet smelling they've recently had a more berry based diet but if you can see hairs in it then they've been munching on some mammals.
Here is an interesting fact for you! Pine Martens are one of the species (including Badgers) who can "delay implantation" This means they breed in July but their pregnancy doesn't start until January and they have their kits in March/April - how intelligent is that!
They're primarily nocturnal (hence why it's so difficult to see them) but whilst they're raising their young you can see them earlier in the day (not when we went - got to the hide at 11.30 and one Marten arrived at 8pm)
We hope to bring you more Pine Marten pictures and facts in the future :)
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