Stewardship & Best Practice
The Voluntary Initiative
‘Get Pelletwise' is the campaign of the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) that was set up in 2009 in response to analysis showing traces of metaldehyde, an ingredient of certain slug pellets, being found in catchments used for water abstraction.
The updated supply chain protocol for metaldehyde Autumn 2012 see below.
Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU)
The regime was launched in July 2015 and encompasses all rodenticide products sold to and used by professionals when applied outside buildings. Rodenticides restricted to use indoors, fumigant gases are covered under the Register of Accredited Metallic Phosphide Standards (RAMPS). It also does not involve rodenticide products sold to and used by amateur users.
- Code of Best Practice
- Downloads including point of sale (POS) declaration forms for certificated users and approved assurance scheme members and supply chain compliance declaration form
- Farm assurance scheme arrangements after 31 December 2017
Five key herbicides used in oilseed rape to control blackgrass and other weeds across arable rotations are being detected with increasing frequency in surface water. The herbicides are metazachlor, propyzamide, carbetamide, quinmerac and clopyralid.
The OSR Herbicides? Think Water campaign by working with water companies, agronomists and farmers aims to raise awareness of the issue, improve practices and develop new tools that will support farmers in continuing their responsible use of these herbicides.
Currently, best agricultural practice, as advocated by the UK code of practice for pesticide use and farm assurance schemes, requires that notification takes place when certain crop protection products are used.
Bee Connected is a simple, web-based system that can be used via a desktop or laptop computer, tablet or smartphone. Farmers can register on the system and then identify a field they are planning to spray with an insecticide by dropping a pin in the on-screen map. Then, using the drop down menus, they simply enter the insecticide they will be using, the crop they are spraying, and the date they are spraying, and a basic notification will be sent out to neighbouring beekeepers registered on the system.
Beekeepers can register on the system and simply map the location of their bee hives by dropping a pin in the on-screen map. They will then receive a notification by email when a spray event is due to take place within the vicinity of a hive. Beekeepers will be able to decide how close a spray event has to be to them before they are notified, up to a maximum of 5km. It is then up to the beekeeper to decide what action to take, if any.
A tool connecting beekeepers with farmers and informing of crop protection activities nearby.
The Register of Accredited Metallic Phosphide Standards in the United Kingdom
Phosphine is an important fumigant used in the UK for the control of burrow living vertebrate pests (rabbits, rats and moles) and a wide range of invertebrate pests which infest stored food commodities.
Phosphine’s is very toxic and, as such, requires special attention to protect people and non-target animals from malicious or irresponsible use, storage, transport and disposal.