Wandering pine marten induces new home

Image copyright NAtural Resource Wales Image caption The pine marten – known only as number three – was re-trapped in Clocaenog Forest, so his radio collar could be removed, before being released again

A straying pine marten amazed experts by setting up a new home, 60 miles from where he was reintroduced.

He was caught on camera in Clocaenog Forest near Ruthin, Denbighshire, about 100 km from the Ceredigion forest where the animals were relocated in 2015.

The male was first snapped in May 2016 and has stayed there ever since.

Dr Jenny MacPherson of the Vincent Wildlife Trust said: “He’s patently procured everything he requires – that usually means a mate and food.”

The pine marten project manager added: “It may be another female already there – we would expect he’d need a reason[ to bide ].

“It would be very sad if he was up there on his own for the past two years.”

The pine marten was photographed by cameras set up by Red Squirrels Trust Wales to help monitor the squirrel population.

The red squirrel’s unlikely ally Osprey and pine marten face-off caught on camera Mystery animal intersecting road ‘was an otter’ Image caption It is not known what inspired number three to attain his 60 -mile journey Image caption Fifty-one pine martens have been released in Wales since 2015