British Moorlands

Predation control

Better Predation Control using new technology

Predation control’s four components:

  • Prevention 
  • Habitat design and management can be used to obstruct grouse predators’ hunting efforts  encouraging them to hunt more effectively elsewhere. This approach usually requires little or no extra cost,  just careful planning but it is very useful in Scotland where about half of moorland predators have legal protection.
  • Identifying Predators
  •  gathering information to plan effective action, using sightings, automatic “stealth” cameras, tracking, clues from remains of kills etc
  • Pre – trapping
  • Before taking on the commitment to check a trap daily, a test device can be used to check for the presence of a predator and whether it will enter your trap.  The GWCT mink raft is a well known time-saving example.  British Moorlands has extended this principle to rail and tunnel traps, corvid traps, cage traps and fox snares.  Please ask about the latest reports on these new and very low cost applications.
  • Trapping.
  • Monitoring and daily checking the traps are basically information gathering activities, much of it repetitive work, taking the keeper on foot or by vehicle over large areas, using up time which could be better spent on habitat improvements, new trap sites etc. This information can now be condensed and sent by radio or SMS (mobile phone) to a convenient receiver station.

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