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Essential snare training

GAME AND wildlife managers not yet up to speed with the imminent changes to Scotland's snaring rules are being encouraged to seize the opportunity of another tranche of Government-approved training courses to be held this February.

Game and wildlife managers can take training courses to get up to speed with the new rules
Game and wildlife managers can take training courses to get up to speed with the new rules

Attendance at one of these half-day courses, organised by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, will enable participants to register with their local police force as an approved snare user for the control of foxes and rabbits.

Anyone caught using snares after April 1 this year without that approval will face prosecution – and there has been some concern over the slow uptake of the training as that deadline approaches.

"We would urge all those who do not have the required certification to apply for these courses," said course co-ordinator and senior GWCT advisor Hugo Straker. "It is essential that anyone practicing gamekeeping, wildlife or land management is fully aware of their training needs.

"Every session will highlight the fundamental importance of animal welfare and will provide a clear legal steer as well as useful hands-on tips through practical demonstrations."

The next scheduled courses are as follows:

- Mellerstain, Gordon, Berwickshire – Tuesday February 5;

- Carnell, Hurlford, Ayrshire – Friday February 8;

- Cherrytrees, Yetholm, Roxburghshire – Tuesday February 12.

- Lindertis, by Kirriemuir, Angus – Friday February 15.

Cost for snare training is £40 + VAT per person. For further information and to book training, contact Irene Johnston, tel: 01738 551511or email: scottishq@gwct.org.uk

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