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A series of briefings has been produced that aim to break technical information into briefings of size that can be digested easily.

Note: With the removal of Asulam as a viable control method for 2024 and beyond, some of the information in the available briefings may now be outdated and considered 'historical'. As ever, the briefings aim to be as up to date as possible, with new briefings produced regularly.   


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Available Briefings 

1. Overview of Bracken Control (Under review)

4. Area of Bracken Controlled

5. Bracken: a growing risk - 1

Introduction to impact of ticks and tick-borne diseases

6. Bracken: a growing risk - 2

Options for reducing the impact of tick-borne diseases

7. Impact of Bracken Control on the level of Tick Activity

8. Superseded by Briefing No. 29 - Bracken Encroachment -  an Update

9. Negative Impacts of Bracken on Human and Animal Health

10. Ragwort

16. Bracken Control - Options for the Future

17. Bracken Control Review - latest draft

18. Research Programme

19. Bracken Encroachment into Key Habitats

22. Bracken Control Summary - November 2022

23. Agri-Environment Grant Funding

24. Drones for Bracken Control in England

25. Bracken as a Tick Habitat

26. Bracken Chemical Control Trials - Update

27. The Timing of Mechanical and Physical Control Methods for Bracken

28. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

29. Bracken Encroachment - An Update

30. Sixty years of research on bracken fern (Pteridium spp.) toxins: Environmental exposure, health risks and recommendations for bracken fern control - Published paper breakdown

Coming soon

31. Moss cover associated with bracken and the impact of different control inputs on its growth 


Archived items below include references to Asulam which is no longer a viable method of control from 2024. The following briefings are retained for reference purposes.