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The Wildlife Aware training course is provided by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) in collaboration with BASIS.
The Wildlife Aware course will explore the conflicting requirements for rodenticides. The course is NOT a course on basic rodent control. The course will increase understanding of current levels of contamination of wildlife to rodenticides, explain the main primary and secondary routes of exposure of wildlife from rodenticides and alert competent professionals to the techniques that should be adopted to minimise wildlife exposure during rodent pest management in rural settings.
Who is this course for?
The course is primarily aimed at those who offer a service of rodent pest management to farming enterprises and other businesses in rural areas. In particular, professional pest controllers and the employees of local authorities involved in pest control will find the course, and the accompanying accreditation scheme, advantageous in their activities.
The course is also relevant to those involved in game-rearing and who carry out rodent pest control as a part of such activities. Farm contractors and farm employees who conduct rodent pest management as a routine part of their duties will also benefit from the course. Those who attend the course should have already attended training courses in rodent pest management so that they are fully competent in the use of anticoagulant rodenticides.
While not the main target audience for the course, those involved in wildlife conservation may find the course useful towards familiarisation with rodent pest management techniques and best practice in avoiding unwanted wildlife impacts.
This accreditation is intended to signal to prospective customers that those who hold the accreditation will work to the highest standards to achieve effective pest control with minimum adverse effects on wildlife and the wider environment. Accredited technicians will be able to use the licensed “Wildlife Aware” logo as a visual representation of their skill and increased competence.
- Why Control Rodents?
- Rodent Species – identification and behaviour
- How to control rodents on farms
- Environmental Impacts of Rodenticides
- The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use
Those who attend the course are expected already to possess proficiency through practical experience and prior training in rodent pest management, and to have obtained relevant qualifications such as those offered by the Royal Society for the Protection of Health (RSPH) and City & Guilds, or equivalents.
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