A meeting took place earlier this week at Torwoodlee House, Galashiels to discuss the proposed pine marten translocation project in the Tweed Valley.
The project looks to assess the feasibility of biological control by pine martens in ecological, economic and practical terms. The work will capitalise on the fact that the pine marten has now returned to much of Scotland, albeit in small numbers. A similar recovery took place in Ireland, where high pine marten density and greater predation on grey squirrels than red squirrels presumably led to the observed collapse of grey squirrel populations.
Professor Xavier Lambin from the University of Aberdeen presented the proposed project to an audience which consisted of Scottish Land & Estate members and representatives from the European Squirrel Initiative, Southern Upland Partnership, Tweed Forum, UK Squirrel Accord and the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels project in order to seek the views of those concerned/interested.