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Accredited Snaring Legislation Training Courses

Organised By: SRUC
Venue: Craibstone Estate, Bucksburn, Aberdeen. 
Dates: From 1 April onwards.

From April 1st this year strict new regulations come into force governing who is permitted to set snares for pest control and how snares should be set. Only those accredited to have completed the proper training can use snares and Aberdeen based staff from Scotland’s Rural College are advising anyone who will need to training to a register for course.

Properly used, snares can be an important aid in controlling animals like foxes or rabbits. However a snare that does not comply with the latest regulations can be cruel and risk catching a non target species, including pets.  The Snares (identification Numbers and Tags) (Scotland) order 2012, brought in to as secondary legislation under the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011, applies tough new legislation that applies from the start of next month.

Anyone setting a snare in Scotland must now have proof they have been properly trained. They must then apply to their local police station for a unique identification number, personal to them and which must be on the tags that are attached to all their snares. The snare itself must be of the approved type. There are equally strict rules regarding the siting of snares and how they are set, taking care taken to avoid risk of entanglement. It is also important to record the location of each snare and check them every 24 hours.

A spokesperson for SRUC said:
“The new law is not confined to professional keepers or pest controllers. It applies equally to individual crofters, farmers, greenkeepers or gardeners. In fact anyone who might use a snare in the course of their work. I can understand that the use of snares is not something everyone agrees with, but the Government has decided they have a use in specific circumstances. The vital thing is that they are used according to the law.”  

Anyone interested in registering interest in a course should contact Elizabeth Milne by email or telephoning 01224 71104.  o



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