Whilst the Wildlife & Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 received Royal Assent in April 2011, different parts of the Act have come into force progressively, that part relating to new snaring rules coming into effect on 1st April this year and all those who use snares for land management purposes will have to fulfil certain requirements, namely:-

  • They must be fully trained and be in possession of the required Certificate and ID number issued by the police. An ID number cannot be issued until the police are satisfied that the applicant has been trained at a recognised training course;
  • Snares must have a tag displaying the ID number of the setter and what animal it is intended to catch;
  • Inspection of all snares needs to be carried out every 24 hours;
  • The keeping of records of the locations of all snares set within the previous two years with dates of setting and removal and catches.


Application forms are available from the Scottish Government website.



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