Is the soil heavy and under-drained?
How you can help
As part of the ‘Get Pelletwise’ stewardship campaign, there are four stewardship steps that should be taken to ensure that metaldehyde is used in ways that act to enhance environmental protection.
STEP 1: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Metaldehyde slug pellets MUST only be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme to help minimise slug infestations and reduce the need for treatment.
For more information visit the IPM section of the website or www.ahdb.org.uk/slugcontrol.
STEP 2: THINK field factors
Take a field-by-field approach to assess the risk of metaldehyde reaching watercourses.
Is the field on a gradient?
Is there a ditch or watercourse in close proximity?
STEP 3: Follow stewardship guidelines
A new guideline that was introduced in 2017 still applies. The guidelines is key to protecting birds and small mammals, that tend to feed and breed in hedgerows, and also provides additional protection to water.
Full stewardship guidelines are available here and apply to all treatments.
STEP 4: THINK B.I.R.D
Before making any metaldehyde applications – stop and THINK:
10m buffer zone to all field boundaries
Are you suitably qualified and using equipment that’s been tested to the required standard?
Are all your records up to date and robust?
Are you applying the correct dose according to the label and MSG guidelines restrictions?