The National Allotment Society - National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd

Lantra/NAS Training Courses

The Training Partnership with Lantra was launched at the NAS Management Meeting on Thursday 21st March 2019 and booking has opened for the  face to face "Responsible and Effective Control of Commensal Rodents" course in the areas listed below. Not one in your region? Further courses will be added in the coming weeks or you could access the E-learning accredited courses that are live now and accessible online CLICK HERE

The first face-to-face courses will commence in each region in May. If you are interested, please download and return the booking form. CLICK HERE to download the form. The form must be returned with payment by post or email to natsoc@nsalg.org.uk  

Responsible and Effective Control of Commensal Rodents

Does your Association have a rodent problem?  If so, look no further; this course will provide the training required.

The course will include theory and practical activities during the day and provide you with an understanding of why it is necessary to control rodents, the biology and behaviour of rodents and legislation associated with rodent control. Trainees will understand what information is required when carrying out a survey and the non-chemical methods available to control rodents as well as the current rodenticides and formulations as to how they work, how to transport them, safe disposal and the importance of completing documentation. This training is suitable for anyone new to rodent control or wishing to develop their skills further in rodent control.

This is an assessed course; on successful completion, you will receive a certificate of training.

Why is this course useful for your Association?

  • Always have a planned approach
  • Always record quantity of bait used and where it is placed
  • Always use enough baiting points
  • Always collect and dispose of Rodent bodies
  • Never leave bait exposed to non-target animals or birds
  • Never fail to inspect bait regularly
  • Never leave bait down at the end of the treatment

What will be covered during the day?

  • Safe use of Biocides including safe storage, transport and disposal
  • Transport of Rodenticides, keeping Rodenticide records and recording information correctly
  • Understand your responsibilities under the law and how to comply with legislation
  • Interpret and use product label information
  • How to protect equipment, property and public health
  • How to monitor and record rodent activity, identifying rats and mice and the typical symptoms of damage caused
  • Identify the degree and source of an infestation - lifestyle, habits and habitats of rats and mice
  • How to avoid harbouring rodents; planning and implementing effective control programmes in line with current guidelines and recognised good practice
  • Understanding the effect rodent control can have on the environment and ensure risks to non-target animals are minimised

Below are the areas where courses are already arranged:

Northern Region, Darlington

Yorkshire, Leeds

North West, Manchester

West Midlands, Birmingham

Eastern, Rochford, Essex

London, Bromley

South West, Plymouth

One day course £195 non-members £145 for members of the National Allotment Society.