Elusive pine martens caught on camera at Crom
One of Northern Ireland’s rarest and most protected species has been captured on film as the result of efforts we’ve been making to find out more about the pine marten population on the Crom Estate which we look after in County Fermanagh.
A sanctuary for pine martens
Crom’s resident pine martens are some of just 320 thought to be left in Northern Ireland. Pine martens were historically widespread across Ireland but the disappearance of woodlands since the 18th-century has led to a drastic decline in numbers.
‘Crom represents some of the very best, most preserved semi-natural woodlands anywhere on the island of Ireland,’ said Crom ranger Malachy Martin. ‘Although we were aware that pine martens existed here, we didn’t have any detailed information on them.’
Watch the Pine Martens
A wealth of wildlife
Our pine marten detective work will help inform local conservation plans to protect the species, which can be identified by a creamy yellow ‘bib’ on its throat. It’s part of our work to ensure Crom continues to be a place treasured for its wildlife and tranquillity.
It’s possible to get close to nature at every turn on the Crom Estate. You can sneak a peek of otters, dragonflies and birdlife including reclusive water rails from the hide on the shores of Derrymacrow Lough or discover Crom’s ancient yew trees.