14 April 2015

Borders date for essential training course

Tunnel trapWildlife managers are being urged to attend a training course at Yetholm, near Kelso on Thursday 23 April to bring them up to date on tunnel trapping.

Held from 1:00pm to 3:30pm, the course is being led by Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust senior advisor Hugo Straker and aims to furnish gamekeepers and wildlife managers with vital skills and understanding of current legal requirements for humane mustelid control.

“This is particularly relevant for landowners, managers and keepers in today’s ever-changing political climate and the need to have a clear paper trail in place to show all due diligence has been exercised to prevent malpractice.” said Hugo.

The session involves a detailed illustrated presentation and outside practical demonstration. Careful attention will be given to the legal framework, trap preparation, tunnel design to help ensure precision, site selection, choice of methods and developments within the Spring Traps Approval Order. A short written test will conclude the session and successful candidates will receive a GWCT certificate. The price is £72 inc VAT.

There are also a few places still available on our Corvid Control & Vicarious Liability course at the same venue from 9.30pm to 12.30pm on Thursday 23rd April. The price is also £72 inc VAT.

To book your place please click here, call 01738 551511 or email scottishhq@gwct.org.uk.


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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