SnareWatch is an information-sharing and reporting facility about snaring in the UK.

Found a snare?

If there is a live animal in the snare call the relevant animal welfare charity. We do not advise trying to release an animal yourself as the animal could be injured and require medical attention.

Scotland

Scottish SPCA
Animal Helpline 03000 999 999

England and Wales

RSPCA
Cruelty line 0300 1234 999

Northern Ireland

USPCA
Animal Information Line 028 3025 1000, caller ID required

Record the incident using our Snarewatch report form

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Report a snare

You can use the form below to report your concerns about any snares you may have seen or heard about. To help judge what kind of snare you have found, please visit our resources page.

Please let us know if, for example:

  • You feel that a snare was set in the wrong place. 
  • You tried to get help for a trapped animal – and whether you were successful or not.  
  • You are a vet or a wildlife specialist and you have treated an animal injured by a snare.
  • Your pet was caught in a snare.  
  • You have read a press story about a snaring incident in your area.
  • You think a snare may be illegal.  You don’t need to decide yourself whether the snare was legal or not – just tell us what you saw.  

If you have photographs or video of the incident, you can upload them to this site. By submitting an image you agree that OneKind can use it in campaign and education material.

NB. Please remember that snaring is legal in the UK and if you tamper with a legally-set snare you may be committing an offence. 

To ensure the authenticity of our data we need a name and point of contact for each report. Your name will NOT be published in the report. If your report appears to concern an illegal snare, SnareWatch may be obliged to inform the relevant authorities. We will contact you if this arises.
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