Legal and humane snare use in Scotland

TrainingIt has never been more important for game and wildlife managers to be up to date with the latest legislation, and training requirements for fox and rabbit snaring (you can download our Practioners' Guide here).

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Advisory Services continue to  present a series of excellent bespoke snare training and other predator control best practice days throughout Scotland for those who manage the countryside for game, wildlife and biodiversity.

This Scottish Government approved course includes:

  • Tailored course material highlighting the fundamental importance of responsibility, animal welfare and best practice.
  • Provision of clear legal guidelines and information alongside useful hands-on tips through practical demonstrations.
  • Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate needed to gain your legally required ID number.

* Those who have sat a snaring course run by either GWCT, SGA or BASC during or after May 2010 need not re-sit the course. However, voluntary attendance at another course to refresh your skills demonstrates good due diligence.

Snaring operators who have successfully completed an approved snaring course and have a valid certificate should apply now in person at their local police station for a unique identification number, which must be attached to all snares set from 1 April 2013. An application form should be completed and taken in person to your local police station with your original snaring certificate, proof of identity (passport/driving licence), a passport photo and £20 fee. Please click on the link to download the ACPOS application form.

If you would like to be added to our course waiting list, please contact our Scottish Headquarters on 01738 551511 or

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