The Mindful Control of Invasive Species

8 October

Dates:- 8th October and 11th November

In the UK, the grey squirrel receives a very bad press, mainly from foresters and bird lovers whose priorities are deeply at odds with its own. Bark stripping, egg poaching and the transmission of the SPV virus to their red relations, are often cited as cause for the grey’s extermination.

However, the reality is that they’re here to stay. This course is about balance not eradication and is designed to help you to take on the role of an effective apex predator in a woodland near you.

  • The Truth

The media is full of misinformation about grey squirrels. These sentient creatures are not ‘verminous tree rats’ but are an intelligent and adaptable introduced species, doing their best to survive in a foreign ecosystem.  Before we hunt them we must learn to respect them.

  • Shooting

Discover how to safely handle and shoot an air rifle and learn how it can be used as an effective and humane tool for squirrel shooting.

  • Animal Behaviour

Squirrels can be challenging quarry and it takes both skill and an intimate knowledge of their habitat and behaviour to hunt them effectively.  Despite the problems they can cause, they’re fascinating creatures.

  • Preparation for the Pot

Although more challenging to prepare for the table than rabbit, squirrel is a tasty, nutritious and low fat meat that lends itself well to curries, stews and beyond.  You will leave being able to confidently skin, butcher and cook one of these abundant sources of protein.

  • Fieldcraft

From camouflage and hunting tactics to stalking and setting up bait points, this course will introduce you to the skills you’ll need to hunt effectively and humanely.

9.30am – 4.30pm

There is no shooting of live animals on this course.

Refreshments provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

There is a 20% discount for all members of the Small Woods Association. Please email Fay Hurford to obtain your discount code fayhurford@smallwoods.org.uk or call 01952 432769 quoting your membership number.

 

 

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