Foxes can be prolific predators of gamebirds, ground nesting birds, small mammals and young livestock. They can be controlled by a number of different methods but no one method is suitable for all circumstances.
A strategically set snare will catch foxes when other methods of control either won’t work or are impractical – for instance, when the cover is too high, the presence of livestock makes it unsafe to use a rifle, or when you’re dealing with a lamp-shy fox.
Before setting a snare, it’s important to understand and comply with the legislation and familiarise yourself with any relevant codes of practice for your area. The rules can, and often do, vary. For example, in Scotland, there is a requirement to be trained and accredited before you can use snares.
It’s your responsibility to ensure that a snare is set correctly and legally.
For further information, check out the film above and the links below:
Welsh code of best practice on the use of snares in fox control (English version)
Welsh code of best practice on the use of snares in fox control (Welsh version)
At present we are advised the following manufacturers/stockists supply code compliant snares. The list will be regularly updated.
Fox Snaring UK
Telephone 01764 671073
Solway Feeders Ltd. Main Street, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright. SCOTLAND. DG6 4QH
Telephone 01557 500 253
Perdix Wildlife Supplies Avenue R, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. CV8 2LG
Telephone:02476 692 257
For more advice contact the Game and Deer Management department on Tel: 01244 573019 or email.