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I WAS interested to read that Scottish National Heritage and the Vincent Wildlife Trust look upon the charismatic pine marten as an ally in the revival of the red squirrels’ fortunes, by eating grey squirrels (your report, 25 May).

How much more propaganda do we have to bear? The pine marten is the most efficient, indiscriminate killer we have in the British Isles, as it not only kills to eat, it kills for the sheer enjoyment of it. Every bird from a capercaille to a wren, and their eggs, every mammal from a young lamb to a shrew, are at the mercy of this relentless assassin.

Alastair Hunter

Beauly, Inverness-shire