All ro­den­ti­cide users en­cour­aged to up­date knowl­edge bank

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Farm­ers, game­keep­ers and pest con­trollers are be­ing en­cour­aged to un­der­take knowl­edge up­dates to main­tain their pro­fes­sional com­pe­tence in the use of Stew­ard­ship-la­bel ro­den­ti­cides.

In its re­sponse to UK Ro­den­ti­cide Stew­ard­ship’s 2017 an­nual re­port, the gov­ern­men­tal panel that over­sees the regime says con­tin­u­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment (CPD) is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant.

It states that: “man­age­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal risk re­lies on high lev­els of knowl­edge… in or­der to limit the po­ten­tial for sec­ondary poi­son­ing of non-target species and other un­in­tended ex­po­sure”.

Chair­man of the Cam­paign for Re­spon­si­ble Ro­den­ti­cide Use (the body that co-ordinates Stew­ard­ship im­ple­men­ta­tion), Dr Alan Buckle, ex­plains that ob­tain­ing a train­ing-based cer­tifi­cate of com­pe­tence or Ste­ward­shipap­proved farm as­sur­ance mem­ber­ship is not seen as a life­time pass.

He con­firms that the regime’s Train­ing and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Work Group is cur­rently draw­ing up CPD ma­te­ri­als for all ro­den­ti­cide user groups.

Other re­quire­ments in the gov­ern­men­tal panel’s re­sponse pa­per in­clude start­ing to mon­i­tor liver residues of ro­den­ti­cides in red kite, as a sen­tinel of scav­eng­ing species, in ad­di­tion to the barn owl that takes live prey.

The pa­per con­firms the Stew­ard­ship regime is fit for pur­pose, and ac­knowl­edges new stan­dards adopted by Stew­ard­ship-ap­proved farm as­sur­ance schemes, the 2018 pro­gram of BA­SIS store au­dits, and sup­ply of all re­quested mon­i­tor­ing data.

It also reaf­firms that “govern­ment scru­tiny will fo­cus on the ex­tent of any be­havioural change among those op­er­at­ing in the sec­tor and the mea­sur­able ef­fect this has on residue lev­els in non-target an­i­mals. The govern­ment will fully eval­u­ate the regime af­ter five years of oper­a­tion at the lat­est.” That dead­line is in 2020.

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