Pine martens on the Isle of Mull
There can be little doubt that the Wildlife of Mull is already diverse. The suggestion that the Pine Marten may also now been added to the environment is exciting news. In recent years we have witnessed the spread of the Pine Marten in Scotland.
Skye – Spread of Pine Martens
One of the most dramatic, but not surprising, movements of re-colonisation was the spread of Pine Martens onto Skye. This comparatively soon after the construction of the Skye Bridge. The Skye Bridge construction started in 1992. Subsequently opening of the bridge took place on October 16th 1995.
Not long after Pine Martens appeared on the Isle of Skye. By 2007 a Pine Marten survey on the Balmacara Estate indicated that up to 48 individual Pine Martens could be found on the estate.
Since then the Pine Marten colonisation of Skye has continued. Further evidence being their spread from the Skye Bridge. Their original point of entry. They are now be found up to 40 km beyond the bridge.
Mull – Marten re-colonisation
A recent Scottish Natural Heritage report adds an interesting twist to the spread of the Pine Martens. In particular with regard the spread of Pine Martens on the Island of Mull.
The report considers evidence indicating the time frame of re-colonisation. A key question being how the Pine Marten may have reached Mull.
There is little historical reference to previous population of Pine Martens on Mull. Opinion suggests causes of the Mull Pine Marten colonisation. The most likely cause however being transportation on timber boats or vehicles.
The addition of the Pine Marten to wildlife of Mull will no doubt be welcomed by some. However some concerns exist. Particularly with regard impact on other wildlife. Initial evidence suggests that impact of from colonisation by Pine Martens is low. Impact is understood relate chiefly to a number of more common small birds.
Further information – Read the full report “Pine martens on the Isle of Mull”