Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the Snares (Training) (Scotland) Order 2015 and comes into force on 1st January 2016.


2.  In this Order—

(a)“approved body” means a person or body specified in the Schedule; and

(b)“trained” means trained to set a snare in position and on the circumstances in which the setting of snares is an appropriate method of predator control for the purposes of section 11A(4) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Training certificates

3.—(1) A person is trained when that person holds a training certificate issued in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) The training certificate is issued by an approved body.

(3) The training certificate is issued to a person whom the approved body determines (by examination or otherwise) is competent to—

(a)select an appropriate location for a snare to be set;

(b)set a snare in accordance with the law;

(c)identify and remedy defects in the setting and use of a snare; and

(d)set a snare in such a manner, and in such a place, that it is reasonable to expect that—

(i)use of the snare is consistent with animal welfare; and

(ii)the setting of the snare is an appropriate method of predator control.


4.  The Snares (Training) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2012(1) is revoked.


Authorised to sign by the Scottish Ministers

St Andrew’s House,


3rd November 2015