The standstill period for the Scottish Government’s notification of the draft Spring Traps Approval (Scotland) Amendment Order 2018, under the Technical Standards Directive to EU Member States ended on 13 December 2018. No comments or any detailed opinions were received on this notification. Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, has therefore signed the Spring Traps Approval (Scotland) Amendment Order 2018. The Order will be laid before the Scottish Parliament on Friday 21st December and is due to come into force on 3 January 2019.

Trappers will still be able to use the following spring traps for stoats until 31 March 2020:

• BMI Magnum 110;
• BMI Magnum 116;
• Fenn Vermin Trap Mark IV (Heavy Duty);
• Fenn Vermin Trap Mark VI (Dual Purpose);
• Kania Trap 2000;
• Kania Trap 2500;
• Solway Spring Trap Mk 4;
• Solway Spring Trap Mk 6;
• Springer No 4 Multi-purpose (Heavy Duty);
• Springer No 6 Multi-purpose; and
• WCS Tube Trap International.

However, as of 3 January 2019 the following spring traps will be removed from the STAO:

• Fenn Vermin Trap Mk I
• Fenn Vermin Trap Mark II
• Fenn Vermin Trap Mark III
• Imbra
• Juby
• Lloyd
• Sawyer