In additions to snares, a walk in the countryside will reveal other types of animal traps. The two main types of traps you are likely to see are Spring Traps and Cage Traps.
A Gin Trap is mechanical device designed to catch an animal by the leg using spring operated jaws either with or without a serrated edge or teeth. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The use of gin traps has been illegal in the UK since 1958, however they are causing carnage today to wildlife and pets.
Fenn Traps are the most popular spring trap used by gamekeepers. Sometimes referred to as Solway Spring Trap, they come in two sizes, MK4 or MK6. It is an offence to set any spring trap in the open.
Gamekeepers have been known to place Fenn traps on a fence post to kill birds of prey.
Body Grip traps are less common than Fenn Traps but keep a look out for them.
Kania Trap 2000
Kania Trap 2000 designed originally in Canada to kill racoons.
Scissor Style Mole Trap
The Scissor Style Mole Trap is just one type of mole trap used by farmers. Often you will only see the handles sticking out of the ground.
The Hopper isn’t a trap although it could be confused for one. It will contain poison bait. They make come in several different designs.
Although classed as ‘humane’, cage traps can cause fear, discomfort, frustration, injury and stress over a period of several hours or even days.
Cage-traps come in various sizes, depending on the target species. All are basically a box constructed of wire mesh with one or two open ends. The doors are triggered by a foot plate or hook from which a bait may be suspended.
This Fox Cage Trap is just one example of a cage trap. Rabbit and squirrel cage traps will be similar but smaller. Often they are hidden from public view behind a wall over covered by wood.
Bird Cage Traps
The use of birds traps in outside the range of our campaign activity, however we’ve included the most common you are likely to see.
This is a Larsen Trap which uses a live corvid (Magpie, Crow or Rook) to attract other corvids. If you find a bird of prey in one contact the RSPB immediately. Photo © Against Corvid Traps
This is a Multi-Crow Ladder Trap. Same idea as the Larsen Trap but on a bigger scale. Photo © Against Corvid Traps