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. You can view the Code of Practice at www.gov.scot/Publications/2006/12/19110050/0

There is more information on pesticides at www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/Environment/Pesticides or via the Voluntary Initiative website www.voluntaryinitiative.org.uk/en/home