Is it illegal to use Larsen traps?
Larsen Traps were designed by a Danish gamekeeper (Larsen) in the 1950s, but are now banned in that country because the traps are viewed as inhumane for trapping magpies and crows. Under the terms of the general licence issued by Natural England, only magpies, crows, jays, jackdaws and rooks can be trapped.
How do you catch magpies in a Larsen trap?
Handling call-birds Concentrate on handling the bird securely but gently. As you put your hand into the trap, a magpie will flutter round the roof. Trap the bird gently against the floor, roof or side of the trap, sliding your first and second fingers round its neck so that they meet at the fingertips.
Is it illegal to trap and kill magpies?
The traps use live corvid decoys – often Carrion Crows or Eurasian Magpies – to lure and then kill others of their kind. They are legal, as long as they are fitted with clean food and water, a perch and shelter from the wind and rain – unfortunately, however, this is rarely the case, rendering many illegal.
Do you need a licence for a Larsen trap?
Larsen traps Larsen trap, a type of cage trap, is designed to catch birds alive and unharmed. We are not opposed to legal, site-specific control of magpies, nor to the legal use of Larsen or other cage traps, as long as the general licence conditions are strictly adhered to.
What is the best bait to catch magpies?
Of other baits, carrion is second best (open rabbits or squirrels – again, it is the freshly glistening viscera that attracts, and both crows and magpies have limited powers of opening carcasses). Even white sliced bread may be used: it is eye-catching, fairly natural in farmland, and corvids develop a taste for it.
Can I kill magpies in my garden?
Since research indicates that magpies do not pose a conservation problem to garden birds, the use of general licence in this context is at best debatable. It must be remembered that if challenged, anyone killing magpies in their garden may have to prove to a court of law that they had acted lawfully.
Is there a Larsen trap for Crows and magpies?
UK ONLY DELIVERY The PERDIX Crow & Magpie Larsen Trap has been designed in conjunction with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) advisory service to effectively capture corvid pest species (ie. crows, magpies, jackdaws, jays, rooks) but particularly crows and magpies.
Can you buy a Larsen trap without a decoy?
The decoy and catching components of our Larsen trap are built and sold separately. Any of the trapping cages can be purchased with or without a decoy cage. Please note: These traps cannot be sent to customers outside of the UK.
What kind of Springs does the Larsen trap use?
The PERDIX Larsen Trap uses British-made stainless steel extension springs to make sure doors are closed quickly and securely every time. Olive Drab Powder-Coated Finish. This high quality powder-coated finish provides excellent corrosion resistance and is easily cleaned.
What makes the Perdix Crow and magpie trap so strong?
PERDIX Crow & Magpie Larsen Traps have many other features that make them the trap-choice for wildlife professionals, these include: Welded Seams. The seams on our Larsen trap are welded not clipped. This produces a very strong trap with no sharp edges. Sharp edges can cause unnecessary injury to captured birds.