Aerial spraying is used where there are no viable alternatives, or where there are clear advantages for human health and the environment from aerial spraying compared to using land-based pesticide application equipment. Only pesticides approved for aerial spraying can be used.
For example, aerial spraying is used to control bracken, which unless controlled is often invasive and can replace heather moorlands and rich grassland habitats throughout Scotland.
New guidance relating to the aerial application of pesticides came into effect on 18 July 2012 as a result of changes to pesticide legislation. The objective of the changes is to minimise the hazards and risks to health and the environment from the use of pesticides. Those concerned with aerial spraying are aware of the new arrangements.
Detailed information on the requirement to complete an Application Plan and obtain a permit from the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) before aerial spraying can take place is available on the Aerial Spraying Permit Arrangements page of CRD’s website