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Pine marten spotted in Yorkshire
Pine martens are the UK’s second rarest carnivorous mammal.
First confirmed sighting in 25 years

A live pine marten has been spotted on camera in Yorkshire for the first time in over three decades.

There have been no confirmed sightings since 1993, when the skull of a pine marten was found in the county. The last record of a living pine marten, however, was around 35 years ago.

The Yorkshire Pine Marten Project is run by non-profit enterprise NatureSpy and the Forestry Commission. It was launched four years ago to prove pine martens are present in Yorkshire.

Camera traps are placed in various locations on the North Yorkshire Moors to monitor particular areas 24/7, for months at a time.

Pine martens are the UK’s second rarest carnivorous mammal. Proving they are present in Yorkshire was described as a “massive achievement” for the team involved, by NatureSpy’s project co-ordinator Ed Snell.

There have been a number of unconfirmed sightings of the creatures over the years and recent scat DNA tests confirmed their presence in Northumberland. However, previous searches by other organisations proved inconclusive.

Cath Bashforth, an ecologist at the Forestry Commission, added: “It is great to have a confirmed sighting of pine marten on Forestry Commission land. Supporting on this project has been exciting and to discover they are living within our forests after so many years is fantastic! We are looking forward to progressing the project further.”

Going forward, the project will take a more scientific approach, collecting DNA samples, estimating population numbers, investigating habitat preferences and producing habitat management proposals. A second fundraising initiative is underway to raise money for resources for the next phase of the project.

Image © NatureSpy/Youtube

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Blue Dog Programme wins WSAVA One Health award

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 An educational initiative to help children interact safely with dogs has been awarded the WSAVA’s 2017 Global One Health Award.

The Blue Dog Programme offers an array of educational resources for children, parents and school teachers, including an engaging website, fact sheets, DVD and an accompany book for parents.

The award will be accepted by Professor Tiny de Keuster, a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and founder of the programme, during WSAVA World Congress 2017.  

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VMD stakeholder workshops to discuss Brexit implications

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced that it is to hold stakeholder group workshops to discuss the implications of EU exit.

The workshops will be held during Autumn 2017 and will discuss topics such as the prescribing cascade, pharmacovigilance and inspection of non-UK based manufacturers.

To register your interest, send an email to events@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk, including any topics, in order of preference, that you would like to be discussed.