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Rodent pesticide could be harming wildlife in Jersey

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) is a scheme to help better protect wildlife when using rodenticides. Credit: Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use

A rodent pesticide could be harming wildlife in Jersey according to the UK Health and Safety Executive.

It says: "some species of wildlife, such as barn owls, kestrels and buzzards are dying because they are preying on rodents that have ingested the poison.”

Jersey's government is urging professional users of a rodent-killing pesticide, rodenticide, to sign up to a scheme to help reduce the risk of exposing wildlife to the poison.

The scheme will require professionals to gain a qualification, recognised by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), which aims to protect the island's wildlife.

It is important to look at the bigger picture in terms of protecting wildlife and our island’s biodiversity, the government welcomes any scheme which can help us keep up to date and informed on best practice concerning pesticide use.”

– Deputy Gregory Guida, Assistant Environment Minister

People who show they can competently use the pesticide safely will be rewarded the qualification.

Anyone wishing to purchase a professional rodenticide product after 18 July 2020, will be required to show proof of competence when they buy it.

Small lower strength packs, which are available for home use, will still be available from shops without signing up to the scheme.