Predator control is an important part of wildlife management in the British countryside and over many years of research GWCT science has demonstrated the part it can play in helping conserve vulnerable species, such as ground nesting birds.
To meet the expectations of modern society control must be delivered to high standards to ensure not only efficiency but also welfare and humaneness demands are met. On this course, attendees will receive comprehensive training covering both the theory and practicalities of predator control including current legislation and best practice thinking. The modules are delivered with a strong emphasis on the practical application of predator control on the ground.
- The legislation which underpins snaring
- The snaring code of practice for England and Wales
- GWCT research and development of improved snare designs
- The practical use of snares in the field
- GWCT research on the predation impacts of corvids
- Legal framework and the general/individual licences
- Corvid control in practice
- Legal framework surrounding the use of cage and spring traps
- Future trap options after 1st April 2020
- Humane dispatch and the release of non-target animals
- 10:00 – 12:30 Fox snaring
- 12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
- 13:00 – 14:00 Corvid Control
- 14:00 – 15:00 Tunnel Trapping
There is an exam for each module and those who successfully pass will receive a GWCT certificate.