Pine marten

The Irish Wildlife Trust has condemned the call by Athlone Municipal District Council to de-list the pinem marten as a protected species.

The Trust says that having been nearly been wiped out during the 20th century, its return to nearly every county in Ireland  is one of our great conservation success stories.

The Trust ,which was set up in 1979 as a charitable conservation body, says that the success should be celebrated, and there is currently no good reason to remove protection for the Pine Marten.

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Padraic Fogarty who is Campaigns Officer for the IWT joined Anne Norris on the Let’s Talk show on Shannonside FM today, as did Councillor Tom Farrell, who had proposed the Pine Marten motion at the recent Athlone MD meeting.