Integrated pest management

In nature conservation, non-chemical control of weeds, pests and diseases should usually take priority. Pesticides are selected in some circumstances.

A pest, disease or certain plant species may sometimes pose a threat to the conservation interest of a site. Measures to control the issue, or to prevent its occurrence in the first place, might be included in the site’s management plan.

Control measures can:

  • be mechanical
  • be biological
  • involve pesticide use
  • use any combination of the above

It may be necessary to apply a pesticide for ecological gain – whether it is used alone or in tandem with non-chemical methods. Costs and benefits must be considered when deciding how best to control a potential threat to the conservation interest of a site and/or adjoining land.

Integrated pest management handbook

Read the Integrated Pest Management in Nature Conservation Handbook

Our handbook can guide decisions about non-chemical and chemical options for the control of a range of specific vegetation management issues.

European legislation requires that:

  • conditions are created for the implementation of integrated pest management principles by all professional users of pesticides
  • pesticide use is minimised in protected areas

The handbook explains how to fulfil these requirements and presents integrated pest management principles in the context of nature conservation.

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