Fee: Course is FREE to those who have over 50% of their land within a Severely Disadvantaged Area. Eligible beneficiaries include on-farm staff, forestry workers, estate workers and game-keepers. [There are limited places for those who do not qualify for funding. Places cost £66.00 per person inc. VAT]
Corvids are known nest predators and can also damage crops and take food in laying pens. Cage trapping using Larsen traps or multi-catch cages are common methods of control which are governed by ever increasingly complex licensing and legal regulations. There have been several high profile court cases where an operator has contravened these regulations resulting in substantial fines.
This course, run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, provides up to date guidance on the regulations and demonstrates good practice in order to maximise not only effectiveness but also welfare whilst minimising non-target captures. Specifically the course covers:
- Cage trapping and the law including current General Licence provisions
- Best practice in the use of Larsen and other crow cage traps including:
- Trap design
- Decoy welfare
- Humane despatch
- Non-target considerations
The course results in a certificate of attendance which can be useful in the event of attempted prosecution. The course lasts three hours.
To book a place contact Lynda Ferguson by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01425 651013.
This project is supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part funded (or financed) by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas