“A five year review conducted by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has found that snaring related incidents have reduced following changes in the law."
Scottish Land & Estates are delighted that the 2011 regulations and the resulting regime of training and best practice are working satisfactorily, and we look forward to working with Government to further refine the Practitioners Guide drawn up by game and wildlife management bodies.
Fox and rabbit control in Scotland is necessary to protect crops and livestock and to maintain Scotland’s unique rural biodiversity. This includes ground nesting birds, many of which are rare and in decline and are highly susceptible to fox predation. We recognise that snaring is contentious, but it is a very important wildlife management tool in certain types of terrain, where other methods are impractical. When done in accordance with the Practitioners Guide developed for the purpose, snaring is an effective and humane form of control.”
Nowhere has the importance of fox control, including by snaring, been more ably demonstrated than in the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project http://www.langholmproject.com/gamekeeping.html, supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and with partners including the RSPB. Fox control has enabled increased breeding of Hen harriers and grouse but without snaring as a tool, it would have been much more difficult to achieve in this remote upland terrain.
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