This code sets out the law and best practice for ensuring a workable balance between the welfare and conservation of brown hares in England.
Foxes can be prolific predators of gamebirds, ground-nesting birds, small mammals and young livestock. but can be controlled by several different methods. They can be controlled by a number of different methods but no one method is suitable for all circumstances.
Modern fox snares (also referred to as humane cable restraints) are designed to only catch and hold. It has been illegal for more than 40 years to use any snare which is self-locking. ie. those designed to kill. These modern designs correctly used exceed internationally recognised standards for restraining traps.
A strategically set snare will catch foxes at times and in locations when other methods of control either won’t work or are impractical – for instance, when the cover is too high to be able to see or shoot a fox or the presence of livestock makes it unsafe to use a rifle.
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.
Important changes to legislation in Wales
Please note that in Wales, from 17 October 2023, the use of all forms of snares became illegal and therefore such devices cannot be used there.
At present we are advised the following manufacturers/stockists supply snares which are compliant with the relevant codes of practice.
For more advice, contact the game and wildlife management team on Tel: 01244 573019 or email us here.