Comments from Users of the BioEcoSS TubeTrap

A well-known mammal ecologist, specialising in otters!

"...The traps worked wonderfully the other weekend – and caught woodmice and bankvoles without the need to prebait or wash any residual newness off them. (8 out of 10 caught – identical rate compared with longworths)..."

"...The course at ... went very well with all 20 tube traps catching – no failures or problems (compared to trap failures and false alarms with the 10 longworths used !!!). 16 woodmice, 13 bankvoles, 4 field voles, 3 pygmy shrews and 2 common shrews caught over just 2 nights/3 days. (grassland and woodland habitats with 15 traps in each transect). Excellent..."

Portal Woodlands Conservation Group

"...We set 24 longworth traps and 19 tube traps last night, our catch rate with the longworths is 16%, tube traps today 37% (wood nice and bank voles). Generally the group very happy with the traps..."

A County Mammal Group

"...First results for the traps look good. I had a 30% success rate with the tubetraps and 0% with the LWs, on a night which was far from ideal for trapping small mammals! One of the most useful things about the tubes for me is that they didn't get false triggers, unlike 70% of the LWs."

Martin Noble - Research Student

"....I tried these [Longworths] out alongside the Tubes when I carried out the tests/ trails for my actual survey and despite my inexperience with both types I found that the Tubes caught every time a Longworth did and did not give any false indications unlike the Longworth’s..."

"..."During the survey for the dissertation ... I only used Tubes... ...Sum total of 3 field voles, 1 bank vole, 7 woodmice, 7 common shrews."

"...they seem to out-perform the Longworth’s, would seem to me to offer better conditions for the captives (warmer and drier due to insulated nest chamber and even a smaller [more cosy?!] chamber that does not contain a lot of potentially cold air) and are a doddle to use, clean, maintain and carry around!! Better for surveys, better for mammals, better for surveyor……..a winner all round!!"

Another County Mammal Group

"...I'd like to add that once I had got used to them I found the green tube traps much easier to handle, transport, clean and empty than the Longworths. As I was carrying out trapping over winter I was much more confident in the insulation properties of the new trap design and from my point of view it was much more pleasant handling plastic than cold metal traps with bare hands in the early morning! Having said that, there were no mortalities in any of the traps. I will certainly recommend them to anyone who is looking to purchase new traps..."

Sarah Antis-Smith - Preston Montford Field Centre

"When we have used the tube traps, we’ve found more shrews (including a pygmy) than our Longworths did previously, and I would say similar amounts of mice and voles..."

Paul Wright - Shropshire Mammal Group

"Just to let you know that I have had a good capture rate with the traps that I bought off you. Did an event in the Wyre Forest 7th to the 9th March, just, and caught 4 mice on the 8th and 7 mice on the 9th. All good!"

John Watt - Lancashire Mammal Group

"... very successful week monitoring the SMs in a field where the barn owls hunt. We had 42 BioEcoSS traps and 42 Longworths out in pairs at each station, and baited and set 6 times. What was wonderful was the number of shrews, not least pigmy shrews we caught, and perhaps re-caught.
BioEcoSS: 15 common shrews and 12 pigmy shrews.
Longworth: 6 common shrews and 3 pigmy shrews.
You may like this photo..."

Sue Searle - Acorn Ecology

"I used mine last night and put out 18, got 7 woodmice and a pygmy shrew! Brilliant!"