Licences from the relevant Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation must be obtained before undertaking marten-related activities that would otherwise be illegal.
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:
Possession, sale and transport offences are ones of strict liability (they don't require intention or recklessness).
It is an offence to:
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.