From the 1st April 2020, only traps that have passed testing criteria set out within the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards (AIHTS) can be used for trapping stoats in the UK. In response to this new requirement, PERDIX worked hard for over 4 years to develop a new trap that not only meets AIHTS standards but is also fit for purpose, safe to operate and value for money.
Following testing by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), the new PERDIX Spring Trap passed for trapping stoats (under AIHTS criteria), weasels, rats and grey squirrels (under the Spring Traps Approval Order (STAO) criteria) in January 2020. Subsequently, the Perdix Spring Trap has now been added to the STAO’s in England, Scotland and Wales.
Conditions of use
The Perdix Spring Trap must be used according the conditions of use set out in the Spring Trap Approval Orders for England, Scotland and Wales.
England and Wales
‘The trap must be set in a natural or artificial tunnel which is, in either case, suitable for the purposeʼ.
‘The trap must be set in a natural or artificial tunnel which is suitable for minimising the chances of capturing, killing or
injuring non-target species whilst not compromising the killing or taking of target speciesʼ.
Legal References (click on links for further details)
General Licences (click on links for further details)
The Perdix Spring Trap is listed as a permitted trap on the general licences issued in England and Scotland that allow
stoats to be trapped. We are currently awaiting the general licence in Wales to be updated and so at present stoats cannot be caught using the Perdix Spring Trap.
What species is the Predix Spring Trap legal for?
The PERDIX Spring Trap is legal for trapping stoats (currently excluding Wales), weasels, rats and grey squirrels.
Where is the UK can I legally use the Perdix Spring Trap?
The Perdix Spring Trap can currently be used in England, Scotland and Wales.
Can it be used in a run-through tunnel?
Yes. The PERDIX Spring Trap has been passed for use in run-through tunnels ‘suitable for the purpose’. No additional internal baffles are required.
What does it look like?
The PERDIX Spring Trap consists of three primary components 1) an external structure with integrated baffles (Trap Body), 2) a trigger mechanism that can be activated via one of two actions (Trigger) and 3) an arrangement of six high-strength impact bars (Strike bar). The opening within the baffles is 65mm x 65mm.
What size is it?
The external body of the PERDIX Spring Trap is 130 mm long, 138 mm wide and 140 mm high. The trap has been designed so that no moving parts are required to move outside of the body dimensions when activated.
How is it set?
The strike bar is pulled back, with or without the setting tool that is available, until the automatic safety catch is engaged. The trap is then set by ‘cocking’ it when ready. The safety catch can then be removed before or after the trap is placed in a tunnel.
Do I need to screw the trap to a board?
No. Screw holes are present if required.
How is it activated?
The PERDIX Spring Trap is activated by an animal either standing on the treadle plate that extends along the whole length of the trap or applying downward pressure on the internal vertical trigger.
Can I purchase or distribute the Perdix Strong Trap outside the UK?
Currently, the Perdix Spring Trap is only available from our distribution centre in Warwickshire, UK. We are, however, actively engaged in sourcing high quality, proven distribution partners in countries outside of the UK. If your company fits these criteria please contact us via our distributor application form in the first instance.
Is there a discount for large orders?
If you require large quantities of the PERDIX Spring Trap, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you with a quotation shortly.