Snaring in Scotland

The Snares (Scotland) Order 2010 makes it clear that snares must be fitted with a safety stop appropriate for the target species and made free-running. Snares must also be fixed in such a way that they cannot be dragged and where the target species will not become entangled in other branches or fences while being held in the snare. The order also requires that snares are checked at least once every day at intervals of no more than 24 hours.

These regulations offer greater clarity to snare users and incorporate a number of suggestions arising out of GWCT research into snares. To make sure snare users are kept informed of current best practice the GWCT has helped develop and provide training in the use of snares in Scotland, along with SGA and BASC. Each of these organisations can conduct the standard training course.

Please note that no further snaring courses are being scheduled by GWCT Scotland until the outcome of the Scottish Government’s 2016 review is known. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please contact our Scottish Headquarters - 01738 551511 or scottishhq@gwct.org.uk 

Snaring in ScotlandSnaring in Scotland: A Practitioner’s Guide
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