This handbook presents integrated pest management (IPM) principles in the context of nature conservation. Its aim is to encourage site managers to adopt an IPM approach to minimise chemical use and protect the environment.
In nature conservation, non-chemical control of weeds, pests and diseases has usually taken priority and pesticide use has always been low, but occasionally there is a need to apply a pesticide for ecological gain.
The handbook can help to guide decisions about non-chemical and chemical options for the control of a range of specific vegetation management issues.
A general framework shows the stages to be followed in implementing IPM in nature conservation.
A series of protocols and a worked example can be used to help decision-making on the best approach to use.
Sources of further information for specific issues commonly seen in Scotland are also given.
Partially edited: 2018
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