Pine martens live in the Scottish Highlands and Grampian, and occasionally in southern Scotland. There may still be isolated individuals in Northumberland and North Yorkshire in England, although these are probably almost extinct. Most pine martens prefer woodland, mainly coniferous. Some can be found on rocky moorland and hillsides or cliffs covered with scrub. They live in holes in trees, old squirrel dreys and even old birds' nests. If it falls from a tree, its body twists to land safely on all fours from as high as 20 metres. Visit to see the pinemartens' ideal habitat.

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