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Rodenticide & Molluscicide Responsible Use Study Qualitative Report
Ref: 070-305 Carol Willey and Davina Spinney Updated 13th October 2008

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Contents
Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 Background, objectives, approach and demographics Advice and information Safe & responsible use of rodenticides Safe &responsible use of molluscicides Control of other predators Executive summary, conclusions and recommendations 4 8 17 30 38 41

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Section 1
Background, approach and sample demographics

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Background
DEFRA fund CAIP to promote the Wildlife and Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) and promote practices which reduce the frequency of accidental or illegal poisoning of wildlife, pets and livestock by pesticides
Most incidents are associated with the illegal use of pesticides for predator control and careless use of rodenticides and molluscicides.Gamekeepers and farmers who use rodenticides, molluscicides and predator controls are responsible for adopting correct procedures and using products responsibly and in ways that will minimise exposure to wildlife. Market research is required to provide baseline information amongst users of rodenticides and molluscicides of their awareness, attitudes and behaviours towards these products. Informationis sought to understand the factors which
Drive the approaches adopted Act as barriers towards responsible use.

This information will help effective targeting of messages, activities and resources.

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Approach
Countryside Users Quantitative 100 telephone interviewsFieldwork: Mid May – mid June Report: July 2008

THIS REPORT QUALITATIVE

Farmers, gamekeepers & PCOs

26 in-depth telephone interviews Fieldwork: Early July - early Aug Report: October 2008

May

June

July

August

Farmers & gamekeepers QUANTITATIVE 80 telephone structured interviews Fieldwork: Early July - early Aug Report: October 2008

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Study objectives: Qualitative stage
1.

Understand current practices regarding use of molluscicides, rodenticides and predator controls Identify and examine motivations and other factors on usage practices Examine understanding of safe and responsible use and identify any barriers to adoption Identify sources of advice andthe frequency of reference to advice, information and training concerning the use of molluscicides and rodenticides

2. 3. 4.

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Demographics: Number of interviews
Rodenticide users Gamekeeper Min crop area South East East W Midlands North East South West North West Eastmidlands Yorks & Humber TOTAL 5 1 3 2 3 1,000 pheasants /yr 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 5 1 1 2 2 1 1 Pig farmers 500 /yr Poultry producers 50,000 /yr Dairy farmer 100 cows Cereal Farmer 100 ha 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 PCO’s Molluscicide users Arable farmers 100 ha cereals + 10 ha OSR

Total of 21 rodenticide users and 5 molluscicide users
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Section 2
Advice and information

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Information and advice sources used: Rodent control
Source
Peers Instructions on packs
Preferred sources

Value Effective use
High Medium

Safe use
Medium High

Details
Especially...
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