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Study shows rare pine martens successfully breeding in England's New Forest

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Rare pine martens are now believed to be well-established and successfully breeding in the New Forest.

The elusive cat-sized member of the weasel family was previously only thought to have survived largely in the north of England.

As part of a long-term study, hidden cameras showed young pine martens exploring and playing together.

Marcus Ward of the Wild New Forest conservation group said the footage was "incredible".

The new clips also confirm initial findings that pine martens prefer to use fallen trees and branches to navigate across the forest floor and to cross streams and wet areas.

Mr Ward said it was "incredibly rare" to catch a glimpse of a pine marten.


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