The use of Larsen traps is regulate by Open General Licences issued under section 16 of The Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Separate licences are issued by Natural England (NE),Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). Individual operators do not need to apply for these licences. These licences restrict the use of Larsen traps to ‘authorised persons’(effectively landowners or persons with their permission). They also impose a series of licence conditions on the user. These mainly relate to the welfare of the decoy bird. If you follow the guidance given in these hints you should be well within the law, but the following points should be re-emphasised:
1. Check your trap every day (at intervals of no more than 24 hours).
2. Provide adequate food, water at all times, appropriate shelter and a suitable perch.
3. Only the following seven species can be used as decoys: crow, magpie, rook, jackdaw, jay, ring-necked and monk parakeets.
4. Any non-target captures that are fit for release should be let go as soon as they are discovered and as close as possible to the point of capture.
5. Remove the decoy, food and water if the trap is not in use.
6. Make sure that the trap is rendered incapable of holding or catching birds ‘when in the open and not in use’.
If you are in any doubt please see the contact:
The Game a & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
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