Nature Nuts

Pine Marten

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The European Pine Marten (martes martes) is a member of the mustelid family and is roughly the size of a domestic cat. This is an incredible hunter which eats anything from berries, eggs, carrion and the odd squirrel but their main diet is bugs etc. Bearing in mind they, as will all animals, take whatever is seasonal . A baby faced assassin, and when you see one you will fall in love. Nature nuts offer the chance to see at least one of these enigmatic and elusive creatures up close at our hide. They appear every night without fail and even sometimes in the afternoon, but it is ALL down to patience, these animals WILL appear, it's just being lucky with timings. Lighting at the hide is available and anyone visiting is more than welcome to give it a try to get a photo as seeing them is one thing, getting an image is another thing altogether.

 

Tours at present are limited to four people. Utter silence is required at this hide due to the animal being very wary. Other things on offer at the hide are red squirrels, jays,woodpeckers, various wee birds such as long tailed tits and coal tits, red squirrels and maybe a buzzard or two depending on which bait is left out.

 

The cost for the hide is £70 for a single occupancy and £30pp thereafter with a max of 4 in the hide..... but I honestly suggest you keep the numbers as low as possible as you WILL have a better chance of seeing Marty and Martina. The walk to the hide is roughly 15yds and on a slight incline and would be accessible by most. However, viewings via sitting in a vehicle may also be achieved. Kids under 16 are welcome but must be patient and accompanied by a parent.

The hide is showing extremely well at present with multiple visits by 6 or more animals but please check out my Facebook page for the most up to date pictures and updates. 

I'm aware that nature is wild and creatures will appear when they want and if they want. With this in mind and knowing we have regular and guaranteed daily/nightly visits by our martens, if you get a no-show by these animals (Pine Martens) no later than 2100hrs, you and your party can revisit at a discounted price of 50%.

 

 

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