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Thomson Ecology HandbookPine marten surveys

TEH Index

Part 1: Legal frameworks

Part 2: Planning policy and other guidance

Part 3: Development and features of biodiversity importance

Part 4: Surveys and assessment

Part 5: Mitigation and enhancement

Part 6: Practical techniques

Pine marten surveys

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Pine martens are elusive mammals and where suitable habitat occurs, surveys focus on detecting signs of activity such as scats.

More intensive pine marten surveys can also be undertaken using camera traps, hair tubes, or den boxes to determine presence or likely absence and if present to estimate the population size.

Scat surveys can be undertaken at any time of year, however the optimal time for surveys is during the summer months when pine martens are more active and weather conditions or leaf litter are less likely to degrade or obscure scats.

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Pine marten surveys