16 July 2013

Keepers urged to sign up for essential Angus training course

Glenogil is the venue next month for a Scottish Government approved Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) fox and rabbit snaring training course.

This excellent training day, to be held on Friday, July 12, will bring game and wildlife managers up to speed with the latest legislation and essential training requirements.

“I would particularly encourage keepers, both full and part-time, to attend the course as they need to be formally trained if they wish to set snares in advance of their pheasant and partridge poults’ arrival in their pens.” said course co-ordinator Hugo Straker, senior advisor GWCT.

“It is essential that anyone practicing gamekeeping, wildlife or land management is fully aware of their training needs. Every session will highlight the fundamental importance of animal welfare and will provide a clear legal steer as well as useful hands-on tips through practical demonstrations.”

This is an opportunity to be fully compliant with various aspects under the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act. There is now a legal obligation for anyone wishing to set a snare to sit a Scottish Government approved training course. Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate which must then be presented to the local police who in turn will issue the individual with a unique ID number. Since April 1 2013 it has been illegal to set a fox or rabbit snare without the operator's ID number attached.

Cost for snare training is £40 + VAT per person.

For further information and to book your training, please contact Irene Johnston, tel: 01738 551511or email: scottishq@gwct.org.uk

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Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust is an independent wildlife conservation charity which carries out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

For information, contact:

Playfair Walker
Telephone: 0131 445 5570
Email: richard@playfairwalker.com

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