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Improving estimates of wildlife exposure to pesticides in arable crops - PN0915

Judgements about the safety of pesticides to wildlife begin by comparing two things: the toxicity of the pesticide and the exposure of the wildlife. Much is known about pesticide toxicity, rather less about exposure. MAFF`s Pesticide Safety Directorate (PSD) assumes as a `worst case` that birds and mammals at risk feed exclusively among treated crops and all the food they find there is contaminated with pesticide. Detailed measurements of how wildlife use farmland are needed either to support these conservative assumptions or to replace them with more realistic estimates. This project will

· Identify which wildlife species depend upon which arable crops.

· Measure the time they spend in agricultural habitats and thus estimate their likely exposure to pesticides used there.

The results will directly benefit PSD in their daily work assessing pesticide risks. For the first time they will have estimates of exposure to pesticides of key wildlife species in key UK crops based on evidence gathered in the field.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Improving estimates of wildlife exposure to pesticides in arable crops   (79k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 2003

Cost: £1,280,479
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Environmental Effects              
Pest and Weed Control              
Pesticide use              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety