Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Pine martens on Skye

A fascinating story from the BBC:

A species of wild animal which used the Skye Bridge to cross from the mainland to the island has spread faster than expected, experts believe.

Pine martens first arrived on Skye shortly after the bridge opened in 1995, according to Roger Cottis of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

He said the population had spread nine miles (15km) south and west from territory near the bridge.

But it may not be good news:

"They are a predatory animal. Certain birds and small animals are vulnerable and there will be an impact.

"On the mainland, the birds and animals have come to terms with the pine martins' presence - there is an equilibrium.

"But on Skye there could be potential for changes. It will be something we will be monitoring."

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