Green Skills Training Academy

Biosecurity awareness

Harmful organisms such as pests and diseases are on the increase in the UK and have already caused widespread environmental, financial, cultural and social damage. It is important that good biosecurity practice is widely understood and adopted to prevent further infestations and minimise the impact of pests and diseases that are already established. This one-day course has been designed to build biosecurity awareness of candidates working across different sectors and industries.

Next course: 9th September 2022

Price: £120 + VAT per person

Duration: 6 hours

Type: Face to face

Location: Dorney, Windsor

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Contact our team 0800 157 7707

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at anyone employed, considering employment or with an interest or involvement in working outdoors.

Aims of the course
  • Delegates will have a greater awareness of common pests and diseases in the UK and their signs;
  • Appreciation of the implications of poor biosecurity and how it is enforced by the law;
  • Practical knowledge of how to apply biosecurity measures personally, as well as to vehicles and equipment;
  • Understand how to dispose of infected waste;
  • Know what steps to take if pests and diseases are encountered on site.
What will you learn?

By the end of the course delegates will:

  • Understand what biosecurity is and why is it important;
  • Be aware of environmental, financial, cultural and social costs of poor biosecurity;
  • Be able to identify common pests and diseases in the UK and their typical symptoms on infected material;
  • Recognise the mechanisms by which pests and diseases get introduced to a country and then spread throughout it;
  • Be aware of legal measures relating to biosecurity, and how to check planting stock is sourced responsibly;
  • Be able to apply good personal, equipment and vehicle biosecurity and create a biosecurity kit;
  • Know how to dispose of infected waste and where to report any new observations of pest and disease.
How will you benefit?
  • Ability to use identification skills and desktop recourses to recognise pests and diseases early and factor mitigation practices into plans;
  • Reduce risk and improve health and environmental performance within your organisation or as an individual;
  • Protect your industry from threats associated with new pests and diseases spreading through the country;
  • Engage and motivate yourself or your team by enhancing environmental knowledge.
What will you receive?

All delegates will be issued with a workbook, and certificate of attendance upon completion of this Biosecurity Awareness Course.

The instructor

The course is delivered by Lottie Miles or John Salisbury who are both PCA Certificated Surveyors of Japanese Knotweed and have a number of years’ experience in implementing biosecurity practices for Maydencroft.

The facilities

Courses are held at our offices outside Windsor and Hitchin.

Both locations are in rural locations but within 5 miles of train stations and have plenty of parking.

Tea and coffee will be available during the day. There will be a break for you to eat your own lunch.

If you have more than 6 people to train, we can come to your own venue.

Course Outline Biosecurity Awareness

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