Grain being spread from tractor at feeding site for Common or Eurasian crane Grus grus, during autumn migration period, near Gunz

Pesticides and fertilisers

Agricultural technologies and chemical inputs have made UK agriculture some of the most productive in the world.

These factors, however, can also have serious impacts on the environment. We work to ensure that new agricultural technologies do not have negative impacts on farmland birds, the environment and ecosystems, whilst improving the productivity of farmland.

Using pesticides and fertilisers

We believe that the pesticides and nutrients that farmers employ to increase yields must be used with care, in a targeted way and with respect to the environment.

This includes ‘natural’ inputs, such as manures.

Government uses legislation and regulation to control the introduction and sustainable use of technologies and inputs. Government and other organisations also provide support and advice to farmers in how they manage their use.

We work to make sure legislation and regulation go far enough to protect the environment whilst working to provide valuable advice and management tools to farmers.

Pesticides and wildlife

Agriculture; staff at work: Applying 16-10-10 compound fertiliser (arable rotation - spring-sown oats & grassland). Oronsay RSPB reserve, Argyll. Scotland
Pesticides are toxic chemicals, designed to kill pests. But when they come into contact with vulnerable non-pest species, they can kill them, too.


Harrowing, Northumberland
Fertilisers are applied to supply nutrients essential for plant growth, which have been removed through production & harvesting of crops or grass.