A new one-day course will allow gamekeepers to go on controlling rats using professional rodenticides after a Health and Safety Executive deadline of 1 July 2016.
Representative bodies for shooting and gamekeeping – the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Countryside Alliance (CA), Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO), Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association (SGA) – have combined with the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) and BASIS Registration Ltd to offer a new course, Rat Control for Gamekeepers.
The course will include the necessary certification for successful candidates to continue buying and using professional rodenticides when product authorisations change next year, and will be available from the end of August. Keepers therefore have just under a year in which to attend before the new restrictions come in.
After 1 July 2016, anyone without an appropriate certificate will be restricted to using amateur-pack rodenticides only, or will have to rely on traps, shooting and terriers – unless they have an alternative qualification for using Aluminium Phosphide gas.
The one-day courses will be run by BASC, GWCT, the NGO and SGA. Members of any of those organisations, and of the Countryside Alliance, will be entitled to a special members’ cost price of £150 plus VAT, regardless of which organisation is delivering the actual course they attend. Non-members will be charged £200 plus VAT wherever they attend. Both fees will cover the training itself, course literature, the exam and – if successful – the issue of a certificate for the purchase and use of professional rodenticides.
The first dates and venues for the new Rat Control for Gamekeepers course are now being arranged, with the following already available for booking direct with the organisations that are running them:
24 August 2015 Englefield Estate, Berkshire (Organised by NGO)
1 September Stowell Park, Yarnworth, Gloucestershire (NGO)
15 September Fordingbridge, Hampshire (GWCT)
21 September Longformacus, Berwickshire (GWCT Scottish HQ/SGA)
12 October Loddington, Leicestershire (GWCT)
6 November Loddington, Leicestershire (GWCT)
Further information is available from the organisations offering the new training.
Visit www.thinkwildlife.org to find out more about the new restrictions.