Beech Marten

Where can I see the Beech Marten

Photo credit
Scigelova
,

A Beech Marten is a small, primeval mammal most closely related to the mink. It is found in most of Europe and parts of Asia. The species was introduced into North America where it is now common up the east coast as far south as Georgia .

Beeches, elms , willows, poplars or apple trees are their usual habitat but they will also den in rocky crevices, old buildings or tree stumps. They are territorial animals that maintain scent posts around their territory which are often used for communication with others in their species by rubbing the secretion from a gland on their abdomens called the musk bag onto these posts. This musk has a very pungent smell so can drive off predators although beech martens themselves have few predators due to their highly developed immune systems.

This species is known for its resourcefulness, and like most mustelids, has very sharp teeth that can cause serious injury if not treated with care when you are handling them. It's best to approach them calmly and confidently but avoid any sudden movements that might frighten them into biting. Although they have a reputation for being fierce this species generally doesn't cause too much trouble around humans provided it is handled correctly

Animal population
Unknown
Population
IUCN Classification
Least Concern (LC)
IUCN Classification
Best time to see the Beech Marten
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Perfect
Good
Tolerable
Awful

Geeky Facts about the Beech Marten

Fact 1

Beech martens are immune to stings from wasps and bees, so are able to get honey without injury

Fact 2

They are most active during the night and at dawn and dusk.

Fact 3

In the Middle Ages, marten pelts were highly valued goods used as a form of payment in Slavonia, the Croatian Littoral, and Dalmatia.

Tours where I can see the Beech Marten

Mongolia
Mongolia

Mongolia

location icon
Mongolia
Tour type
Tour Type
Small group
Activity level
Activity Level
5 - Challenging

23 days from

TBC / person

View trip

Stories about the Beech Marten

No items found.
Big Cats
Big Cats
Big Cats
Birdwatching
Birdwatching
Birdwatching
Canoeing
Canoeing
Canoeing
Canyoning
Canyoning
Canyoning
Cruise
Cruise
Cruise
Culture
Culture
Culture
Cycling
Cycling
Cycling
Festivals
Festivals
Festivals
Food & Drink
Food & Drink
Food & Drink
Hiking
Hiking
Hiking
Kayaking
Kayaking
Kayaking
Mountaineering
Mountaineering
Mountaineering
Natural Wonders
Natural Wonders
Natural Wonders
Photography
Photography
Photography
Polar
Polar
Polar
Primates
Primates
Primates
Rafting
Rafting
Rafting
Rail
Rail
Rail
Safari
Safari
Safari
Sailing
Sailing
Sailing
Skiing
Skiing
Skiing
Snorkelling
Snorkelling
Snorkelling
Whale Watching
Whale Watching
Whale Watching
Wildlife
Wildlife
Wildlife
Winter Sports
Winter Sports
Winter Sports
Zip Lining
Zip Lining
Zip Lining