Mammal Identification

Pine Marten Martes martes

Identification features

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  • Medium sized mammal with short legs
  • Body fur is dark brown with a large creamy white patch between the head and front legs
  • Long bushy tail
  • Head has prominent upright creamy-white ears
  • Face is dark brown

Pine martens can be found in well wooded areas with plenty of cover.

Photo: Steve Lonsdale

Other identification clues


Photo: Derek WhiteleyPine martens droppings are long with twisty ends. Sometimes coiled into a U-shape or spiral. They contain hairs, feathers and berries in autumn.

Photo: Derek Whiteley

Status in Derbyshire information