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Further information

Henry Doubleday Research Association has kindly helped us to produce this factsheet. For further information on this or related subjects, please write to:

HDRA
Ryton Organic Gardens
Coventry
CV8 3LG

If you find dead birds in the garden, and suspect that they may have been poisoned by slug pellets they have picked up from somewhere, please report the incident to the Poison Helpline, tel: 0800 321 600. Make sure that you state that you suspect slug pellets as the cause of death.

For information on specific pesticides please contact:

Pesticides Action Network
Euro Link Centre
49 Effra Road
London
SW2 1BZ

Tel: 020 7274 8895

The RSPB encourages all gardeners to use non-chemical forms of slug control as much as possible. However, in the event of all non-chemical solutions being unsuitable or impractical, the RSPB welcomes and endorses the 'The Slug Pellet Code'. The code is as follows:

  1. Use slug pellets wisely, and before use, always read the instructions on the pack.
  2. It is essential that slug pellets are sprinkled thinly on the soil and around the plants being protected – not all plants are favoured by slugs and snails.
  3. Individual pellets should be placed 10 – 15cm apart around the plant. Never pile them.  
  4. Always secure the container and store safely out of reach of children and pets.
  5. Always use and store slug pellets wisely.