animals, hedgerows, mammals, wildlife, woodland

Pine Marten seen in England for the first time in 100 years

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A pine marten has been seen in Shropshire – the first positive sighting of this mammal in England for 100 years.
The pine marten lives in and around woodland and is nocturnal.
They have been persecuted by man for game, fur, and as vermin and were hunted by dogs for sport in the past.
Another reason for their decline is habitat destruction, though the Forestry Commission recognised this and began to protect the pine marten.

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