The news that Pine Martens have been released into the Forest of Dean is good news – unless you are a Grey Squirrel (you aren’t are you?).
The evidence is strong, and growing, that native Pine Martens see off non-native Grey Squirrels (and where they exist, allow Red Squirrels to recapture the woods) – see this blog I wrote about it in 2015.
I’ve written about this in my next Birdwatch column (mammals – in Birdwatch? Controversial or what?!) so I won’t say that much more about it, but it is worth noting here the involvement of Forestry England in this real conservation project, and in that other exciting real conservation project the reintroduction of White-tailed Eagles to the south coast of England. And Forestry England are not the least bit interested in brood meddling of Hen Harriers and have done a sterling job of building up an important Hen Harrier population on their land. Move over Natural England?
Well done to all involved in this project in the Forest of Dean!