30 April 2024

Predation Management Course

  • Location / Venue:Claughton Hall Estate Yard, Garstang, Lancashire
  • Date / Time: 30 April 2024
  • Organiser:Lizzie Herring
  • Telephone:01425 651013
  • Price: £252.00
  • Places available 8

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Predation management 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 demonstrate due diligence and meet the expectations of modern society, predation management 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 predation management including current legislation and best practice thinking. The modules are delivered with a strong emphasis on the practical application of predation management on the ground.

What’s covered?

Fox restraints and best practice

• The legislation which underpins fox restraints
• The code of practice for England and Wales
• GWCT research and development of the Humane Cable Restraint
• The practical use of restraints in the field
• Agreement on international humane trapping standards and fox restraints
• Humane dispatch of foxes and release of non-targets animals

Corvid cage trapping

• GWCT research on the predation impacts of corvids
• Legal framework and the general/individual licences
• Corvid control in practice
• Welfare of decoys and trapped birds

Tunnel trapping

• Legal framework surrounding the use of cage and spring traps
• Trap options from 1st April 2020
• Humane dispatch and the release of non-target animals

There is an assessment for each module and those who successfully pass will receive a GWCT certificate.