For the Twitchers amongst us
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Gorgeous as long as they're not under your roof. We have both the pine marten and house marten over here. They are both common and hard to tell apart - slightly different in pelt colour and the house marten has a lighter coloured nose, usually a bit more well built too. However, they both like to get under your roof and destroy all the insulation and their urine stinks - especially when it's coming through the ceiling. They drag in carrion too. They cleaned out the swallows nesting under my carport, and very few birds nesting in the garden ever rear their brood. We don't have a rat problem though - so they have their uses. You are allowed to shoot the house martens from September through to January, but not the pine martens.
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