Trap Registration

If you use a:

  • a Larsen trap
  • a Larsen mate trap
  • a Larsen pod trap
  • a multi-catch cage trap

under NatureScot's General Licences,

use this service to register.

Registering takes around 5 minutes.

Warning If you have previously registered with Police Scotland, you must re-register with NatureScot to continue to use traps.

Before you start

By using this service you are agreeing to comply with the terms of the General Licence you are operating under. These will be updated annually and it is your responsibility to check the terms of the most current licence.

If you need assistance with this service, contact the NatureScot Licensing Team



  • 01463 725 364
  • Voicemail service. We aim to respond within 2 working days.

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What is a Larsen trap?

A Larsen trap

© The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

"Larsen trap" means a portable cage-trap which has a closed compartment for confining a live bird as a decoy and one or more capture compartments spring or gravity activated trap-doors which are either top or side mounted. This definition excludes any trap in which one or more capture compartments are mounted directly above the decoy compartment.

What is a Larsen mate trap?

A Larsen mate trap

© The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

"Larsen mate trap" means a portable spring-operated cage-trap comprising two shell sections hinged along one edge connected by one or more springs and kept open by a split-rod/trip-perch (as manufactured by Elgeeco; or any trap which is equivalent to it in all relevant respects). When open (set) the minimum distance between any two corners of the trap must be 39 cm. The trap must not shut tightly along the majority of the length of the meeting edges.

What is a Larsen pod trap?

A Larsen pod trap

© The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

"Larsen pod trap" means a portable spring or gravity operated cage-trap which has a single compartment with either one or two side or top-mounted, spring activated trap-doors which can be set independently.

What is a multi-catch cage trap?

A multi-catch cage trap

© The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

"Multi-catch cage trap" means a cage large enough to be entered by the operator, which is covered in mesh and uses either a roof-funnel, ground-funnel or ladder/letterbox entry point for birds to gain access to the cage.

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