A Deeside woman has told the Piper of her amazement at spotting one of Scotland’s rarest carnivores sat in her back garden.
Durris resident Jennifer Polson got in touch with the Piper after sighting the rare creature.
She said: “I live in Woodlands of Durris and, unusually, was home on Wednesday afternoon. Sitting in my sun room, I turned round and was amazed to see a pine marten sitting on the drystane wall just outside. Convinced it would disappear the minute I moved, I spent a few minutes watching it then decided to try to get my camera from the kitchen...”
Jennifer rushed to her camera to record the sight: “I managed to get the camera and then take pictures of the pine marten through the windows. I even managed to open the top of the stable door and take video clips and pictures for around ten minutes before it left.”
The pine marten was once found throughout Britain, but the species suffered heavily during the 19th century.
By the turn of the 20th century, the animal was limited to North- west Scotland, where the species survived in areas of remote forest and rocky moorland.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) estimates there are now about 2,600 to 3,500 adult martens in Scotland.
Jennifer got in touch with the SNH group who informed her of a unique wildlife project began this month.
The project, spearheaded by the Partnership’s Woodland Group, is hoping to unearth the secret wildlife in woodlands. Using cameras with infra-red capabilities which trigger automatically when they detect motion, even at night, they hope to capture some of the more secretive species.