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Join the HIT in defending wildlife! Your help is needed to protect persecuted species. Wildlife needs you to monitor sites for illegal persecution and call on the authorities for change. See below for how to get involved today!


The majority of the Moscar Estate’s traps and snares are placed on popular open access land where visitors freely walk and can legally monitor their use. Please check the sites when you visit to ensure that illegal wildlife persecution does not go undetected. See our page Traps of the Moscar Estate for

Derbyshire Police state that snares:

“must not be set where they are likely to catch non-target species, such as badgers, deer or otters (which are specially protected) and must be checked daily.”

They advise that:

“If you are absolutely certain that an offence is being committed, photograph the trap or snare and spring it so that it cannot catch anything.”

As numerous Moscar Estate snare sites are set where they are likely to catch non-target species, we hope that Derbyshire Police will set a good example of enforcing wildlife legislation by demanding their removal.


The Peak District National Park Authority is currently consulting on its land management practices. Now is the perfect time to let them know how you feel about animal persecution within its boundaries. This consultation is open until July 31st 2017 so it is important to contact them straight away.

Please emphasise that:

  • Visitors to the Peak District want to see wildlife protected not persecuted;
  • Visitors do not want masked gunmen patrolling the Park killing wildlife;
  • Snares and traps cause indiscriminate terrible mental and physical suffering;
  • The Peak District’s iconic species – the Mountain Hare – is under attack from gamekeepers and this must be challenged;
  • Snaring and trapping are unregulated and this has allowed unacceptable crime and suffering for too long.




The nature reserves created and sustained by the Wildlife Trusts and their volunteers are being directly persecuted by the Moscar Estate gamekeepers. Traps and snares have been placed within meters of the reserves, to target the very wildlife concentrated and celebrated there.

~ Sheffield Wildlife Trust:

Mammal and bird traps have been set within the immediate vicinity of Wyming Brook SSSI, Fox Hagg Nature Reserve, Hammond’s Field Nature Reserve and the popular Rivelin Valley. These celebrated reserves attract a great range of wildlife. Yet snares, mammal traps and bird traps have all been placed on land bordering the reserves, by masked gunmen who patrol these sites daily. They are directly targeting any of the birds and animals in the reserve area which might compromise grouse moor profits.

Snares and traps are indiscriminate and cause untold suffering. Iconic species including badgers, mountain hares and jays all fall victim. UK legislation and guidelines on snaring and trapping are simply not effective or enforced to prevent malpractice. The HIT’s footage from a Moscar Estate snare site shows clear evidence of intolerable animal suffering, perpetrated by the estate’s masked gamekeepers. There are numerous snare sites across the moors, including the site next to Wyming Brook, no doubt replicating these unjustifiable acts of cruelty.

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust HQ,

37 Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF

Phone: 0114 263 4335

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wildsheffield

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWildlifeTrust.SheffieldandRotherham

Email: http://www.wildsheffield.com/who-we-are/contact-us

~Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Snares are know to have caught badgers at the Cutthroat Bridge site, close to the Ladybower Nature Reserve.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sandy Hill, Main Street, Middleton, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4LR

Tel: 01773 881188.

Email: enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyshireWildlifeTrust/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DerbysWildlife

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