A tough approach to snares

STAFF and volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust have recently found snares on a number of its reserves at Druridge Bay.

Apart from it being illegal to set this equipment without landowner consent, it is also a danger to dogs and wildlife.

Should dogs become tangled, it can result in a costly vet’s bill and should wildlife get snared, it will lead to a slow and agonising death if they are not discovered and released straightaway.

It was purely by chance that, earlier this year, a fox was found trapped in a snare on one of the charity’s Druridge Bay reserves.

Luckily for the fox, site wardens found it before it was too late and, although shaken, it had suffered no long-lasting damage and was able to be released immediately.

Duncan Hutt, head of land management at the Trust, said: “Snares can cause serious injury to wildlife and to dogs. We do not allow snares to be set on any land managed by us and will take appropriate action if we catch anyone setting them.

“In the meantime, we will step up out volunteer warden patrols of the less-visited parts of the site and we encourage visitors to report any suspicious activity.”

Should members of the public come across any snares on Northumberland Wildlife Trust land, they are usually hidden in long grass and undergrowth, they are urged to report them by calling 0191 284 6884 or posting a message on the charity’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Once reported, the estates team will remove them immediately and inform the police.

Meanwhile, the Wildlife Trusts has unveiled Nature Finder – a free iPhone app, which provides a current location guide to nature reserves and wildlife species across the UK using GPS technology. Go to the App Store and search for Wildlife Trusts.