The Pine Marten is a secretive and rare mammal that can only be found in the Lake District and in some parts of the east and south east of England in woodlands. It is a member of the Weasel family and is sometimes known as the European Pine Marten. It is very rarely seen in the day because it spends most of its time sleeping in dens under ground or in hollow trees.
The Pine Marten has a long slender body that is a chestnut-brown colour and a long chestnut-brown bushy tail. It also has a creamy yellow patch on its throat which looks a bit like a bib. Its neck is quite long and its face is pointed with long whiskers on either side. It has two large sticky out ears and two black eyes. It is about the size of a domestic cat.
Pine Martens are very fast and agile hunters that spend most of their time hunting for food on the ground at night. However, they can climb trees very easily and quickly because they have claws that can easily grasp onto trunks and branches. Pine Martens do not hibernate in the winter so they have thick fur on the soles of their feet which helps them to keep their feet warm, especially when they have to walk through snow.