Delivery and installation
Several factors assist with the optimum siting of a new den box. A complete service including delivery and installation is offered. The erection system is safe, quick and efficient. It has been field proven for over fifteen years.
We offer a checking service for boxes in England and Scotland. This will be done under the provision of licences to disturb martens issued by Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage. A degree of disturbance to denning animals is inevitable. Our techniques and experience reduce disturbance to the absolute minimum. Monitoring provides proof of use or otherwise and other data for clients according to need.
In conjunction with Dr Johnny Birks we have been running training courses on pine marten surveying and general ecology for many years in Scotland. Courses run for consultant ecologists, forest managers and those with a general interest in the species have been very popular. Clients have included Forestry Commission, Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Vincent Wildlife Trust and Mammal Society.
John has been using dogs for aspects of his work since 1986. Formerly with North West Water Authority, National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency as a Home Office accredited dog handler for seventeen years engaged in fisheries protection in the North West region of England.
Professionally trained by Lancashire Constabulary and retired Police dog handler / trainers and passing an annual competency test he continues his interest since April 2005 by using his trained Labradors for his wildlife surveying business. Otters and pine martens have been the two surveyed species for many clients as a lead surveyor and a sub-contractor. The most interesting survey contract was assisting the Vincent Wildlife Trust to determine the presence of martens for Scottish Natural Heritage in 2012 as reported in “Expansion zone survey of pine marten (Martes martes) distribution in Scotland”.
With access to training resources and using his experience and enthusiasm to train dog handlers, courses can be individually tailored.
Fees for complementary services will be quoted as required.