Pine Marten (Martes Martes)

Pine Marten – Wildlife Scotland

Pine Martens in Scotland represent one of our most elusive yet endearing mammals. Populations of Pine Martens extend from Western Siberia, through Russia and Europe. In the UK they are still rare with an estimated population of about 3,500. Fortunately the population in Scotland continues to grow as their range spreads outward from the north and west highland strongholds.

Scottish Pine Marten Images.


How to identify the Pine Marten

The Pine Marten is a member of the Weasel family and in the UK wild is easily distinguished from its cousins the Stoat or Weasel by its much larger size. The Weasel is brown overall with a pale underside. The Weasel is about 15 – 25 cm long. The Stoat is similar colour and slightly larger in size (15 – 30 cm) with a distinctive black tip on the tail. Pine Martens are also brown over all with a distinct light cream underside and front. They are however much bigger at about 70 cm long. Given even a quick glance the Pine Marten is easily identified by this greater size and appears similar in size to a smallish cat.

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