Licences from the relevant Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation must be obtained before undertaking marten-related activities that would otherwise be illegal.

England – Natural England

Wales – Natural Resources Wales

Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Republic of Ireland - National Parks & Wildlife Service

The pine marten receives full protection under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).




It is an offence to intentionally or recklessly:

  • kill, injure or take a pine marten
  • damage, destroy or obstruct access to a nest or den – i.e. any structure or place which such an animal uses for shelter or protection
  • disturb such an animal when it is occupying a nest or den for shelter or protection (except when this is inside a dwelling house)


Possession, sale and transport offences are ones of strict liability (they don't require intention or recklessness).
It is an offence to:

  • possess or control, sell, offer for sale or possess or transport for the purpose of sale any living or dead pine marten or any derivative of such an animal

It is also an offence to knowingly cause or permit any of the above acts to be carried out.

John Martin is licensed by Scottish Natural Heritage to disturb pine martens when monitoring den boxes.

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