Pine Martens [Martes martes]
The Irish name for pine marten is Cat crainn meaning tree cat. The pine marten is one of Ireland’s most exquisite native mammals. I think they are adorable wee animals about the size of a cat. It is a relation of the Stoat but looks more like a cat. Pine Martens make their nests in undisturbed places such as hollow trees. As they are nocturnal shy animals they are rarely seen in the daylight and I have yet to spot one!