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  • 15 Sep 2021
    Bracken Control Update 15th September 2021

    Asulam Season

    The period for applying Asulam to control bracken under the terms of this year’s Emergency Authorisation ended on 13th September. There is now a period for storage and disposal of stocks that expires on 31st October 2021. From 1st November it will be illegal to store Asulam.

    The manufacturers of Asulam, UPL Europe Ltd., has kindly agreed again to take back unused, unopened stocks and containers should be returned through the distributors.

    Other partially used stocks of Asulam must be disposed of before 31st October.

    Asulam Application Records

    Many users of Asulam have returned the form that was attached to the containers when sold.

    Please could anyone who has not yet provided details complete the form as soon as possible.

    The form is available for printing and completing by hand from the website; online and Word versions of the form are also available.

    Webinar: The Future of Chemical Bracken Control

    A webinar is being organised to allow key parties and some guests an opportunity to discuss the issues surrounding the future of chemical control of bracken.  The intention is that other delegates will be allowed to listen to the discussion and provide written questions.

    The latest version draft Bracken Control Review will provide a baseline for the discussion.  This will avoid the need to present information during the webinar that is already available .

    Additional information about the webinar is available from the Information - Meetings page on the website. A link to register for the webinar is provided.

    Bracken Control Group Meeting
    The next meeting for BCG Sector Representatives will be held online on 10:00-13:00 on 26th October 2021. The meeting will allow the consideration of the draft application for an Emergency Authorisation for the use of Asulam for bracken control in 2022.

  • 25 Aug 2021
    Asulam Application Records

    Thank you to all those who have provided me with details of where Asulam has been applied this season.

    As the season draws to a close, please could I ask anyone who has used Asulam this year, but not yet submitted details, to send me the information. It is essential that I have accurate records to support the submission of the application for the use of Asulam for next year.

    All the details required are set out on the Asulam page of the website with links to the different versions of the Records Form.

  • 09 Aug 2021
    Scottish Project: Review of the use of herbicides in nature conservation

    SAC Consulting is leading a project in Scotland, funded by NatureScot, that is looking at the use of herbicides for conservation land management. This includes a questionnaire-based survey of a wide range of practitioners involved with herbicide application on areas including: nature reserves and other designated sites such as SSSIs, but also as part of wider agri-environment management.
    The questionnaire aims to gauge the range of chemicals used, the decision processes involved in their use and the consideration of alternative practices.
    A follow up conversation with a small number of practitioners may also take place to provide more detail.
    The final phase of the project aims to produce a decision support tool to help guide the use of herbicides for conservation management.
    If using chemical control methods on bracken in Scotland, you might like to complete the survey at:

  • 27 Jul 2021
    Aerial control - spare capacity

    Aided by the prolonged spell of good weather, this year's aerial control programme has been proceeding at pace. Assuming that the weather does not now achieve some revenge, there is some spare capacity.

    If anyone has the ability to move quickly to carry out some aerial bracken control that has not already been included in a programme of work, please get in touch -

    To make the work viable a minimum area will be required, and it is more likely that it will be possible to carry out additional work, if it is located in or close to the north of England. As it will still be necessary to obtain a permit from CRD, an application for a site that has already been issued with a permit is more likely to be successful.

  • 23 Jul 2021
    Bracken Control Group - update 23 July 2021

    I hope that the current spell of good (if hot) weather has allowed a good start to be made with bracken control programmes.

    Asulam Records

    Please may I remind those who are applying Asulam of the need to provide a completed record form. This is available in the information provided by the distributors with supplies of Asulam, but it is also available from the BCG website -

    This information is required to support the next application for an Emergency Authorisation, which is due to be submitted at the end of October. Without accurate records to support the application, it is much less likely that a further approval will be granted.

    Distributors are asked to ensure that every purchaser of Asulam understands the need to provide this information. Aerial and ground-based contractors are asked to ensure that they agree with their clients who will complete the record forms.

    Research & Trials

    Drift trails are in progress and will be completed on the North York Moors in the next few weeks. The trials aim to allow a decision about the required width of aerial spraying buffer zone to be made based on up-to-date evidence.

    The monitoring of the sites that formed the National Bracken Trials will be completed this summer. A scientific paper is in preparation to provide details to other researchers.

    Trials to compare the application of Asulam and Amidosulfuron products will be taking place on the North York Moors in the next few weeks. These trials will provide evidence to inform the review of the use of chemical bracken control using both aerial and ground-based application techniques.

    Trials to establish the impact of Asulam and Amidosulfuron products on young trees are in progress.

    Natural England is working with the other UK conservation agencies to provide some of the data required by the regulators. UPL Europe Ltd is providing other information. With the data from the application records, this information will be collated to support the next application for an Emergency Authorisation, which is due to be submitted at the end of October.


    Consideration is being given to holding a strategic meeting in September to review the requirements for bracken control in the UK. If this takes place, the outcomes from the meeting will be used to support the application for a further Emergency Authorisation.

    It is likely that a (virtual?) meeting will be held for BCG Sector representatives, in the second half of October, to consider and approve the EA application.


    Any comments about the contents of this newsletter or feedback about bracken control programmes (and photos?) will be welcome.

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