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

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Snaring Resources

OneKind reports

Commentary: Determining the extent of use and humaneness of snares in england and wales (PDF | 120KB)

OneKind believes the DEFRA report does not offer a comprehensive assessment of the animal welfare issues associated with the use of snares in the UK.

OneKind Report on Snaring 2010 (PDF | 1.3MB)

Snares briefings

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: OneKind and League Against Cruel Sports joint parliamentary briefing for MSPs Stage 1 debate, 2 December 2010

Download joint briefing (PDF | 189KB)

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: OneKind (Advocates for Animals) written evidence to Committee
Supplementary submission to the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, November 2010

Download supplementary evidence to committee (PDF | 252KB)

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill: OneKind (Advocates for Animals) written evidence to Committee
Submission to the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, September 2010

Download evidence to commitee (PDF | 146KB)

Snare incidents since March 2010 Pictorial report of snaring incidents since the introduction of the Snares (Scotland) Order 2010.  Gathered by OneKind field research and investigations officer and submitted to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee.  All of these incidents took place on shooting estates in Scotland. Warning: Contains distressing images.

Download snare incidents since March 2010 (PDF | 1.6MB)

Snare use in Scotland 2009 – 2010  Pictorial report of incidents gathered by OneKind field research and investigations officer.  Warning: Contains distressing images.

Download snare use in Scotland (PDF | 1.2MB)

Other snaring reports

DEFRA contract for assessment of extent of use and humaneness of snare use in England and Wales 2008 (the link to this report, published in March 2012, is found at the bottom of the research contract page)

Report of the Independent Working Group on Snaring 2005

DEFRA Snares Code of Practice 2005

DEFRA Snares Action Plan 2005


UK Legislation

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004

Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011

Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985

Conservation and Habitats &c Regulations 1994

Animal Welfare Act 2006

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Latest snare reports

Jack Russell snared in Littleborough, Manchester

A Jack Russell was caught in a snare near public footpaths in Littleborough, Manchester.

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Dead fox found hanging outside a house in Sheerness 'like a crucifix'

A dead fox was found hanging outside a Sheerness home 'like a crucifix' after it was thought to have been killed in a snare trap.

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Numerous illegal snares set in Stirlingshire

At the end of July, a member of the public found a number of wire snares set up around different rabbit holes, tied to trees and rocks in a forest close to Balfron, Stirlingshire. The snares had no stops and some of them could be dragged.

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