How frequently is the rabbit drop trap alongside the A344 by Stonehenge checked for trapped animals?
Dear The English Heritage Trust,
In the fenceline on the south side of the old A344, east of the burial mound known as Amesbury G11 towards Stonehenge Bottom there is a rabbit drop trap. This trap is within the area in the Guardianship of the EHT defined by the Stonehenge 1997 Regulations.
Under various animal welfare acts dating back to 1911 (as amended) it is an offence:
"to do (or omit to do) anything likely to cause unnecessary suffering to domestic or wild animals. Where animals are captured by a trap, the animal within the trap could be judged to be 'confined' or 'impounded'. When a person takes charge or control of a wild animal they are in a position to prevent unnecessary suffering."
How frequently is this rabbit drop trap checked, and any trapped animal either released or humanely killed?
Dear Mr George,
Many thanks for your email and questions.
We do not consider this to be an FOI/EIR request therefore, I have forwarded this on to the Stonehenge Team to answer in due course.
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Dear Mr George,
The rabbit drop-trap alongside the former A344 is locked so that it cannot open to catch any rabbits. It was installed when the road was still in use and there was a continuous rabbit fence alongside the road. It used to be set in the evening, no more than once per month, to catch rabbits coming across the road entering the Monument Field. It was always checked the following morning and any rabbits removed and humanely dispatched, then locked again to prevent further capture.
It has not been in use since this fenceline was removed near the Monument.
Our pest controller has checked it again this morning and it is still securely locked and appears to be part of a well-used route by rabbits with another hole in the fence next to it.
Jennifer Davies | Head of Operations | Stonehenge
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