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Pine martens at Strathyre

Forest Holidays is delighted to see that a group of playful pine martens has decided to set up home in Strathyre.
Forest Holidays' resident pine martens

Discover more about this rare creature which has made our Strathyre location its home

Pine martens are an iconic woodland species and, as members of the mustelid family, they are close cousins to otters, badgers and weasels. They are roughly the size of domestic cats, with red-brown fur and a distinctive yellow ‘bib’ marking on their throats. Though they are thriving in Scotland, pine martens are in danger of extinction in England and Wales and are one of the rarest native mammals in Great Britain. We set out to capture these elusive, cheeky creatures on film!

The pine marten diaries

Guests at cabin 26 capture rare sightings of pine martens

Public knowledge of pine martens is limited; in fact when we mention the pine marten to most of our guests they immediately think it is a bird, related perhaps to the house martin. But when they catch a glimpse of these lesser-known mustelids their curiosity is piqued. One of our guests at cabin 26 was so intrigued by their antics that she started a pine marten diary, asking other guests to capture their own sightings. The diary entries clearly show that our guests are thrilled with the opportunity to witness these fascinating animals in their natural habitat.

The world of the pine marten

Forest Ranger, Jack Black, shares his knowledge of these lovable creatures

What do pine martens eat? Where do they sleep? Why are they so rare and elusive? Our Strathyre Forest Ranger, Jack Black, answers these questions and more as we delve into the secret and fascinating life of the pine marten.

Find out more about the world of the pine marten.

Fun pine marten games for your children

Download these pine marten-themed games to play with your little ones

At Forest Holidays we encourage children to engage with nature as much as possible and the appearance of inquisitive wild pine martens at Strathyre is a perfect opportunity to enthuse children about local wildlife. Download and print off these free games, provided by the Cumbernauld Living Landscape, and introduce your children to the world of the pine marten.

Read more about how children thrive in a natural environment here.

Pine marten conservation

How are pine martens being helped to survive and thrive in the wild?

Pine martens were once widely distributed throughout Britain. However, the species is now in danger of extinction in England and Wales and is protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. 

How did this decline happen and what is being done to ensure these remarkable animals not only survive but actually grow their numbers across Britain once again?

Find out more about pine marten conservation here.

Scottish wildlife holidays

Take a break in Scotland and spot some of Britain’s most-loved wildlife species

As well as pine martens, the beautiful landscapes of Scotland are home to many other amazing wild animals, from the majestic golden eagle to the stunning red deer. A Forest Holiday in Scotland will reward you with a connection to the natural world at its most glorious.

Find out more about Scottish Wildlife Holidays and the wildlife you can see.