Sussex Wildlife Trust is working on the South East Pine Marten Restoration Project

THREE wildlife trusts have joined forces to study the possibility of reintroducing pine martens in the South East.

The Kent Wildlife Trust and Wildwood Trust, in partnership with the Sussex Wildlife Trust, are “investigating” the possibility of restoring the elusive mustelid to the area.

The South East Pine Marten Restoration Project is in “early stages” with the Trusts currently assessing whether the Southeast habitat is suitable for the species.

The Trusts are also working with residents and stakeholders in the area to assess their thoughts on possible reintroduction.

And they form a stakeholder working group to facilitate discussions between key organizations and community groups.

The European pine marten was considered ‘functionally’ extinct in England due to habitat loss and extensive hunting in the 19th century, and the rare animal is now mainly found in Scotland and Ireland.

Sites the Trusts are considering include Ebernoe Common, New Forest, Ashdown Forest and High Weald.

A spokesman for Sussex Wildlife Trust said: “We would like to see the reintroduction of pine martens to the south east of England as they are part of the UK’s natural fauna and play an important role contributing to a biologically diverse environment by producing the seeds they eating, dispersal, and the impact of predators on small populations of mammals as part of their varied diet.

“This project is still in the early stages.

“We are currently determining whether the South East habitat is suitable for pine martens and are speaking to a number of local people and stakeholders about what they think about pine martens and their possible reintroduction (these are referred to as ecological and social feasibility studies). ” Sussex Wildlife Trust is working on the South East Pine Marten Restoration Project

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