With support and help of the Vincent Wild Trust We have been monitoring for the presence of Pine Martin across the valley.
We have erected 4 Pine Martin den boxes and a number of our volunteers are monitoring using hair tubes. These are simply plastic pipes with a closed end. Inside the pipe honey is smeared over the closed end to encourage animals to investigate the pipe. When the animal goes up the pipe it leaves behind hairs on some sticky tape which can be sent off for DNA testing. This method has identified Pine Martin in Grizedale Forest in South Cumbria in 2011.
In addition to monitoring, our management of the valley is creating better habitats for Pine Martin so that hopefully when they do arrive, probably from Scotland, they will find the right habitats and stay in the valley.