DB Snare

From: £2.95 Ex. Vat

The DBsnare concept was originally designed by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and rigorously tested by professional gamekeepers and other wildlife managers across the UK. It is a modern fox cable restraint that is highly effective at catching and holding foxes and includes a breakaway link to allow heavier non-target animals to escape easily. The stop is fixed at 26cm from the eye, which also allows smaller non-target species to escape. The DBsnare is designed to be fully compliant with the advice given in Defra’s Code of Practice on fox snaring. DBsnare is also fully compliant with the new Welsh Government  Code of Best Practice on the Use of Snare in Fox Control.

Depending on your preferences, the DBsnare is available in two wire materials, galvanised or stainless steel, and with either a copper eyed crimp or a wire loop at the end of the snare. In addition to this, we also manufacture an ‘Upland Snare’ made from galvanised wire with a black dye coating. This DBsnare has been designed and built to be ‘stiffer’ and hold its shape when set in exposed areas.

The price for each DBsnare variant is as follows:

– Galvanised wire with wire loop = £2.95
– Galvanised wire with eyed crimp = £3.25
– Stainless steel wire with wire loop = £3.20
– Stainless steel wire with eyed crimp = £3.55
– Upland (Coated galvanised wire with eyed crimp) = £3.55

All prices exclude VAT @ 20%.

Copper tealers are sold separately.

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Description

The DBsnare concept was originally designed by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and rigorously tested by professional gamekeepers and other wildlife managers across the UK. It is a modern fox cable restraint that is highly effective at catching and holding foxes and includes a breakaway link to allow heavier non-target animals to escape easily. The stop is fixed at 26cm from the eye, which also allows smaller non-target species to escape. The DBsnare is designed to be fully compliant with the advice given in  Codes of Practice on fox snaring. DBsnare is also fully compliant with both the Welsh Government  Code of Best Practice on the Use of Snares in Fox Control and the Code of Best Practice on the Use of Snares for Fox Control in England. Copies of these codes are available here:

England

Code of best practice on the use of snares for fox control in England

Wales

Welsh: Code of best practice on the use of snares in fox control in Wales – Welsh version

English: Code of best practice on the use of snares in fox control in Wales – English version

Scotland

Guidance on snare use in Scotland

Depending on your preferences, the DBsnare is available in two wire materials, galvanised or 316 stainless steel, and with either a copper eyed crimp or a wire loop at the end of the snare. While all variants of the DBsnare are designed to perform to the same standards as the original DBsnare, the different properties of the various components may alter re-use rates. If you are considering using our snare-repair service (see Extra Info tab) we would advise that you use stainless steel wire as this is marine-grade and will resist rusting for many years.

Quality assurance:

PERDIX only supplies equipment built to the highest standards. The DBsnare is no exception. All components and manufacturing processes used in the construction of the DBsnare have been carefully selected for consistent quality and have been professionally break-tested to ensure they meet all Code of Practice on fox snaring requirements. All crimps are hydraulically swaged using 25 tonnes of pressure. Please see specifications tab above for the results of these tests

Performance in the field:

During trials of the original GWCT snare, researchers asked gamekeepers to rate the performance of the GWCT snare against their normal choice of snare. The results of this survey were:

  • No users rated GWCT snares as worse than their normal snares.
  • 18% rated GWCT snares as ‘no different from’ their normal snares.
  • 47% rated GWCT snares as ‘better than’ their normal snares.
  • 35% rated GWCT snares as ‘much better’ than their normal snares.

No differences in escape rate between GWCT snares and ‘Other’ snares were found.

Animal welfare:

Capturing wild animals brings welfare responsibilities.  The features incorporated in the GWCT snare are designed to hold foxes without causing injury and release non-target animals without injury. When used in accordance with the guidelines set out in Defra’s Code of Practice on fox snaring, 99% of foxes were held alive with no visible injuries. The GWCT snare was also found to release 68% of captured brown hares and 39% of badgers. Of those badgers that did not escape, 92% were released with no visible injuries. The results of the GWCT snare trial were published in the peer-reviewed scientific publication Wildlife Society Bulletin in 2012. Please click here for more information.

Breakaway clip:

Our breakaway clips have been specifically designed and manufactured for use in the DBsnare. They will hold foxes but allow non-target species such as hares, badgers and deer to escape.  They have been professionally break-tested using a calibrated digital straight-pull machine to test for consistency. Please click on the ‘specifications’ tab above for more details.  For guidance on how to correctly replace breakaway clips, download our guide –  Instructions for replacing breakaway clips on DBsnares.

Upland version:

To better withstand the conditions found in upland areas, we have developed an Upland version of the DBsnare. By using black dye-coated galvanised wire and making a adjustments to the end crimp and breakaway clip, the Upland DBsnare is ‘stiffer’ and holds its shape better in exposed areas. The back dye also reduces its visibility where dark backgrounds are present.

Snare repair:

PERDIX now provides a ‘snare-repair’ service. Because the high quality components used on the DBsnare will last years it seemed sensible to offer our customers a repair service.  By using this service it will save you time, money and ensure all the snares you use are made to a consistent quality and can therefore cite the specifications we provide if challenged. Please click on the ‘Extra Info’ tab above for more details.

Additional information

Brand

Target species

Stainless Steel wire

Diameter: 2mm
Number of strands: 7
Number of wires per strand: 7
Lay: RHOL
Finish: Stainless AISI 316
Certified min. breaking strain: 236kg

Galvanised wire

Diameter: 2mm
Number of strands: 7
Number of wires per strand: 7
Lay: RHOL
Finish: Galvanised
Certified min. breaking strain: 260kg

Coated galvanised wire

Diameter: 2mm
Number of strands: 7
Number of wires per strand: 7
Lay: RHOL
Finish: Galvanised coated with black dye
Certified min. breaking strain: 260kg

Breakaway clip

Material: Stainless steel wire
Mean breaking strain: 35.3kg
Minimum breaking strain: 33kg
Maximum breaking strain: 38kg

Extra Info

Snare-repair service

Our snare-repair service has been designed to allow our customers to refurbish their used snares and thereby save money and time. It also gives them the reassurance that all the snares they are using are manufactured to the same high standards.

This service is available to anyone who has purchased original DBsnares from us. We regret that we are unable to refurbish other manufacturers snares as we are unable to guarantee component quality.

Is there a minimum quantity?
Yes, we ask that the components from a minimum of 50 snares are returned in any one order.

How long does the service take?
We will aim to return your refurbished snares within 30 business days. This may, however, be longer during busy periods. An expected delivery date will be given when you contact us prior to returning your snares for repair.

Please contact us for further details and prior to returning your snares.

Telephone: 01789 336123

Email: sales@perdixwildlifesupplies.co.uk

All snare components should be returned to:

Perdix Wildlife Supplies
Stoneleigh Park
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 2LG

 

Snare-use training

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) provide 1-3 day training courses covering many wildlife management and conservation topics, including snaring.
Contact details:
Telephone: 01425 651013
Email: advisory@gwct.org.uk

 

Further reading

Please see our Advice and Support section for links to further information on Codes of Practice, Snare use in Scotland and GWCT’s fox snaring guidelines.

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