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Pine martens are on the march in Northern Ireland forests

By Sara Neill

Published 07/07/2015

Camera shy: Pine martens
Camera shy: Pine martens

If you go down to the woods today, you are sure of a big surprise - because it is getting easier to spot pine martens.

The cat-sized animal, which is related to the mink and weasel, was thought to be a rarity in Northern Ireland's forests, living only in the west.

But conservationists shattered that myth by spying on the creature right across the province.

Teams from Queen's University installed cameras next to squirrel feeders in 250 forests to observe what happened.

A week later, the scientists were surprised at the findings on their recordings.

They discovered pine martens feeding in wooded areas right across the region.

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