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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

13. The Pine Marten
(Martes martes)

13. The Pine Marten

The pine marten looks like a cross between a fox, a squirrel and a little cat, but it belongs to the stoat tribe. It was formerly common in the woods of the British Isles, but it is now a rarity of the wilds. A few survive in the West of Ireland, one or two in North Wales and the Lake District, and a few in the Highlands of Scotland. Very active and a great climber, it used to chase squirrels and birds through the tree-tops. The picture shows a marten aloft on a branch. The winter fur of the marten is as lovely as that of the sable.