Pesticides such as herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides can all cause problems for wildlife and water quality.
Even tiny amounts of pesticide, for example, drips and spills of concentrate around the steading or drips or leaks from the sprayer, can result in water pollution if they are washed into farm drains or watercourses. Pesticides lost to the environment are also a waste to your farm business.
The Know the Rules guides provide more information on using, purchasing and storing pesticides.
The Pesticides Code of Practice is an important source of practical advice on how to use pesticides safely.
Find out more about the safe use of metaldehyde from the The Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG), uses an industry led voluntary approach, to promote and encourage best practice with metaldehyde slug pellets, to minimise environmental impacts on the Get Pellet Wise webpage.