11 April 2014

‘Best practice’ training on predator control from the GWCT

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is to hold two predation control courses in West Yorkshire on Wednesday 23 April.

The sessions will take place at the Harewood Estate near Leeds. The morning course, beginning at 10am, will be dedicated to fox snaring. Attendees will be provided with a review of the DEFRA reports findings and implications for snare users, updates on the legal background and the Code of Practice, advice on snare design including compliance with the Code of Practice, equipment and preparation, fox snaring in practice including non-target avoidance and humane despatch, and best practice in the use of middens.

This will be followed at 2pm by a corvid cage trapping course. Specifically this event will cover cage trapping and the law including current General Licence provisions, best practice in the use of Larsen and other crow cage traps, trap design, decoy welfare, checking, humane despatch, and non-target considerations.

Each course lasts 3 hours and results in a certificate of attendance which can be useful in the event of attempted prosecution. Places are still available on each course at £72 per head, or £108 for both. To book, or for more information, please contact Lynda Ferguson on 01425 651013 or by email at lferguson@gwct.org.uk.


Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ more than 60 post-doctoral scientists and 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.

For information, contact:
Eleanor Williams
Telephone: 07592 025476
Email: press@gwct.org.uk