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Why use a Refuge Cage?

All squirrels are vulnerable to cold and wet weather and they may not survive if held captive for a long period or overnight in an open cage trap.

It is particularly important to cover cage traps set on the ground because a captured animal or bird is also vulnerable to attacks from foxes, badgers, crows, cats  and dogs.

A covered Elgeeco Refuge Cage attached below the floor door of an Elgeeco squirrel trap provides a darkened weatherproof compartment into which a captured squirrel can retreat if it wishes.

Although an Elgeeco trap is up off the ground away from predators, the use of the optional Refuge Cage may be recommended when traps cannot be checked frequently during periods of bad weather or immediately before nightfall.

In areas where red squirrels might be present, always provide nesting material and check  traps frequently.

Refuge cages have a top entrance opening which aligns with the floor door in the Elgeeco Squirrel Trap.  (See below)

The new design Refuge Cage now incorporates a spring loaded self closing top entrance door (in place of the U closer shown below).  A hinged side door for removing greys or releasing reds is also provided.

Elgeeco Squirrel Trap release door Elgeeco squirrel trap and refuge cage

A Refuge Cage is simple to secure to the bottom of the trap using a short length of plastic coated spring wire as used for net curtains. The tension in the wire will also hold a bin-liner in place

Elgeeco Refuge Cage

Legal Advice

It is illegal to release or allow a captured grey squirrel to escape back into the wild.

It is illegal to possess and transport a live grey squirrel without a licence.

Live captured grey squirrels must be dispatched in a quick and humane manner.

If you are not familiar with the legal methods by which grey squirrels may be dispatched, you are advised to seek professional advice or employ another competent person to carry this out.

Elgeeco Dispatch Cage

The Elgeeco dispatch cage may be used in place of a Refuge Cage.

The Dispatch Cage has a squirrel entrance hole in the top (to align with floor door in the Elgeeco Sqirrel Trap) and an access door on the side.

The Elgeeco Dispatch Cage contains a Fenn Mk 4 Spring Trap.which is approved for the dispatch of grey squirrels.

The Dispatch Cage MUST NOT be used in locations where there is a likelihood of catching red squirrels or other protected species,

Dispatch Cage Kit
Dispatch Cage
Mk 4 Fenn Spring Trap
Attachment Spring Wire
Re-usable plastic door tie
Kit Price: £18.75

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Elgeeco Refuge Cage & Dispatch Cage

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Refuge Cage Specification

Approx. Dimensions

200 mm x 150 mm x 150 mm

(8 ins x 6 ins x 6 ins)


25 mm x 25 mm x 2.0 mm

Welded square mesh

Finish : Zinc plated

Weight : 0.4 Kilo