The Pine Marten makes a comeback to England and Wales
The Pine Marten has recently been seen in England and Wales again after almost 15 years after they were officially declared extinct in both those two countries.
They were almost wiped out after persecution from humans and loss of habitat destroyed almost all of them, except for a few in Scotland. However a new report says that the small carnivores are starting to be seen again in England and Wales.
In some areas, such as Snowdonia and Aberystwyth, Wales, this is the first time they have been sighted for 50 years.
Until now there has been little evidence of the shy mammals living outside of Scotland and suggestions of populations south of the border have been controversial.
"It now looks like there is evidence of pine martens in England and Wales for the first time since they are thought to have died out," said Professor David MacDonald, a zoologist at Oxford University who co-wrote the report.
"There are still question marks over how viable those populations are, but it is a positive result in those areas that contrasts quite starkly with how pine martens are seen in the north of Scotland.