Squirrel Traps A Guide to Approved Grey Squirrel Traps
All spring traps used in the UK must be approved under The Spring Traps Approval
A list of spring traps approved as being suitable for grey squirrels can be viewed
on the DEFRA website.
All users must satisfy themselves that their traps comply with the requirements of
the act and are employed in accordance with the current legislation and a correct
risk-assessment of the traps’ vicinity.
The springs’ in these traps are very powerful. When these traps are set, never allow
hands past the tunnel entrance. These traps have the potential to severely damage
the human hand!
Always correctly position spring traps and protect them from non-target species.
It is the users’ responsibility to ensure that traps are employed humanely and in
accordance with the law.
Mk 4 & Mk 6 Fenn Spring Trap
The Fenn Trap is named after the inventor and clones manufactured by other makers
are known by the same generic name “Fenn Trap.”
The Fenn Trap has an ingenious and effective mechanism. It has a tendency to jump
when triggered and therefore, to ensure a clean kill, it must always be set inside
an appropriate tunnel or container. When used correctly the Fenn Trap is excellent
for squirrels and rats.
To ensure animals are dispatched quickly and humanely, all approved spring traps
have been tested to assure that they exceed threshold mechanical characteristics
in terms of effective mass, velocity, impact force and clamping action. The following
two examples illustrate the diversity of spring trap designs available.
Kania 2000 Spring Trap
This example comprises a metal box enclosure with a front access opening and a rear
bait compartment. It incorporates a torsion spring coiled about an axis normal to
the front entrance and having tangentially extending free end arms. This trap provides
a high degree of certainty of killing and a high degree of safety for the trapper
If you use spring traps and harm a protected animal or bird, be aware that you could be fined for negligence for not having properly assessed the risk! If in doubt, use a live catch trap.