Autumn 2016 - Think soil, slope, stream

The industry needs to work together and take action, both by using cultural controls to reduce the likely slug pressure, and to strictly adopt responsible measures in the use of slug pellets. It is essential to stop exceedances occurring in all areas, and in high risk areas in particular.

Think land risk

Click here to find out if you are in a Safeguard Zone and if there have been metaldehyde exceedances in the area.

  • Enter your postcode 
  • If the land is in a hatched area, click to view pesticide issues
  • If metaldehyde is identified, there have been exceedances in this area

Think field factors

A field's topography, soil type and proximity to a watercourse are key to whether metaldehyde could reach a watercourse that's subsequently used for drinking water. 

  • Soil - is the soil heavy and under-drained? 
  • Slope - is the field on a gradient? 
  • Stream - is there a ditch or watercourse in close proximity? 

The route by which metaldehyde reaches water is primarily by movment through the soil profile. 

Follow the guidelines

In all cases in the UK - observe the Metaldehyde Stewardship Group Guidelines***


To find out if your land is at high risk of metaldehyde exceedances use WIYBY. Click here for more information