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The Scottish Government Guidance on How to Prevent the Spread of Ragwort

DescriptionThe aim of this guidance is to prevent and control the spread of ragwort where there is a threat to the health and welfare of animals.
ISBN9780755957873
Official Print Publication DateDecember 2009
Website Publication DateDecember 03, 2009

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Contents

Introduction

How to Prevent the Spread of Ragwort
Scope
Aim
Introduction
Legal framework
Responsibility to control the spread of ragwort
Assessing the risk posed by ragwort
Action to be taken by owners of livestock
Action to be taken by producers of conserved forage
Action to be taken by owners/occupiers of land
Control methods
Control policies
Local control strategies
Advice
Enforcemen

Appendix 1 - Grassland Management
Pastures
Semi-natural and uncultivated areas

Appendix 2 - Biology and Identification
Introduction
Biology
Distribution
Habitat
Other species of ragwort and similar plants

Appendix 3 - Control Techniques
Introduction
Cultural control techniques
Avoiding bare ground
Pulling and levering
Cutting
Burners
Chemical control techniques
Use of herbicides
Legal restrictions
Training and certification of spray operators
Restrictions on use of pesticides in or near water
Livestock
Environmental restrictions
Methods of application
Environmental safety
Biological control techniques

Appendix 4 - Particular Categories of Land
Introduction
Set-aside
Organic farming
Agri-environment schemes
National Nature Reserves ( NNR), Sites of Special Scientific Interest ( SSSI) and other statutorily designated wildlife sites
Non-statutorily designated wildlife site/sites with nature conservation interest
Scheduled monuments
Common land and common grazing
Other Land used for grazing
Forage production
Amenity grassland
Roadways
Railways
Aquatic areas
Woodland and forestry
Development, waste, derelict land, land used for mineral extraction
Defence land

Appendix 5 - Disposal
Introduction
Disposal options
Legal framework
Transporting ragwort
Rotting down (biodegrading) using a composting bin
Controlled burning and small scale incineration
Domestic refuse collection
Composting using a fully contained system
Biomass facility or permitted incinerator
Waste management company

Appendix 6 - Safety Guidelines
Handling ragwort plants
General operator safety
Prior authority
Use of herbicides

Appendix 7
Government Departments, Agencies and Statutory Authorities

Appendix 8
Useful publications

Appendix 9
Sources of technical advice on ragwort control

Image credits

Front cover, title page and common ragwort plant (close up) Lorne Gill/ SNH; goatsbeard Peter Wakely/Natural England; tractor pulling ragwort Paul Glendell/Natural England; Hawk's Beards
Nigel Cattlin/ FLPA;

Garden World Images:
Marsh Ragwort Dr. A. Beaumont; Oxford Ragwort T. Sims; Fen Ragwort Dr. A Beaumont;
Yellow Loosestife Garden World Images; Agrimonies Garden World Images; Mulleins M. Bolton; Hawkweeds D. Bown; Hawkbits N. Downer; Cat's ears P. Murray; Ox's tongues J. Martin;
Goldilocks aster Dr. A. Beaumont; Fleabane N. Downer; Horay Ragwort, Heath Groundsel,
Field fleawort Dr. P. Llewellyn.