Pesti-wise

Improving river water quality together

Pesti-wise

We launched Pesti-wise in 2015 as a collaborative initiative; working with farmers and growers within specific target sub-catchments to address the issue of elevated pesticide levels in streams and rivers, from which water is taken to produce drinking water.

Pesti-wise offers targeted interventions, including training, equipment calibration, grants towards precision application equipment and (in some catchments) improved pesticide handling infrastructure, all designed to actively support the existing actives farmers have available, while reducing average and peak pesticide concentrations in catchment watercourses. The ultimate aim is to reduce run-off from field and farmyard point sources and thus reduce the concentration of pesticides entering our reservoirs and drinking water abstraction points, via voluntary means.

In many ways Pesti-wise is an extension of our ongoing farmer engagement work, which many farmers, growers and agronomists in our catchments will be familiar with; such as providing PA1, PA2 and PA4s training to ensure best-practise; running technical events for farmers and agronomists; and installing bunded sprayer filling areas linked to demonstration biobeds and a biofilter to manage farmyard pesticide run-off. Pesti-wise concentrates this activity into five sub-catchments, working in partnership with the agricultural industry.

What can PESTI-WISE offer?

In addition to providing guidance, we can offer:

• Farm survey – an assessment of current pesticide use, management and handling facilities;
• Guidance and solutions to reduce pesticide losses to water;
• Operator training;
• Equipment calibration;
• Grants towards: precision slug pelleters , sprayer auto-section shut-off, straw rakes;
• Specialist visits to plan improvements to pesticide handling areas;
• Grants to improve pesticide handling areas, including bunded and roofed sprayer fill areas, biobeds and biofilters and;
• Grants to install field edge / field corner SuDS.
Contact our team of catchment advisers to discover more about what Pesti-wise can deliver on your holding. Click on the relevant catchment for contact details and information on grant funding.

What are the PESTI-WISE catchments?

The initiative is targeted, operating in the following sub-catchments in Essex, Norfolk and Northumberland.

Click on the relevant link below to discover if you are in a Pesti-wise catchment and to find out what’s available locally:

Roxwell Brook, Essex

Layer Brook, Essex

Dickleburgh Stream, Norfolk

Tyelaw Burn, Northumberland

Whittle Dene Reservoir Complex, Tynedale

PESTI-WISE Pro-active:

As part of our commitment to Pesti-wise, we aim to provide updates on the latest developments in the initiative, including updates on our on-going pesticide monitoring programme, engagements and grant awards, latest industry advice and training & calibration opportunities.

CATCHMENT % OF AGRICULTURAL AREA VISITED NO. OF GRANTS PROVIDED IN 2015/16 METALDEHYDE RESULTS IN 2015/16 NO. OF PEOPLE ACCESSING TRAINING NO. OF CALIBRATIONS
Roxwell Brook, Essex
Layer Brook, Essex
Dickleburgh Stream, Norfolk
Tyelaw Burn, Northumberland
Whittle Dene Reservoir complex, Tynedale

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