Pine Martens try to eat eggs

The video below shows two young Pine Martens try to eat eggs in Doonane Forest, Co Tipperary, during July 2017. We placed the eggs in front of the camera to attract mammals and provide a quick assessment of the presence/absence of Pine Martens in the area. Watch to the end of the video to see who actually gets to eat the eggs. This video was taken during our ongoing non-volant mammal surveys. The video taken using a Bushnell Aggressor trail camera.

In Ireland, Pine Martens are protected under the Wildlife Act (1976, 2000) and are also listed under Annex II and IV of the EU Habitats Directive Directive. They are also listed under Appendix III of the Bern Convention.

Our company provides a range of terrestrial mammal surveys and assessment services for all mammal species in Ireland, including bat species, badger, otter, pine marten among others

Pine martens are solitary animals and adults exclude other individuals of the same sex from their territory. This means that in any one patch of ground, only one adult of each sex will be present. The Pine Martens in the video above are juveniles. Pine Martens breed just once a year, with two or three kits born in spring. Pregnant Pine Martens need to find a warm secure place in which to give birth, because the kits are born blind and hairless, and are wholly dependent on the mother for the first approximately 40 days.

Natural Pine Marten dens are in hollow trees, rabbit burrows, squirrel dreys, tree roots and rock crevices. Pine Martens are slow reproducers, males mating in their third year, females in their second. Their diet is varied and includes berries, fruits, insects, frogs, birds, small mammals and carrion. Although they are largely nocturnal, Pine Martens can be active during the day, especially in summer.

For further information on Pine Martens see this page from the Vincent Wildlife Trust. Also, please also visit our main website at www.ecofact.ie and contact us if you have a requirement for a mammal survey or indeed any other type of ecology survey.

Our company provides a range of terrestrial mammal surveys and assessment services for all mammal species in Ireland, including bat species, badger, otter, pine marten among others.

Also see this post which describes some of the mammal surveys we undertake.

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