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Learn more about biosecurity with our free training modules

Reporting of new tree pests and diseases in the UK has increased markedly in the last few years, with a widening variety of threats to the UK’s native and non-native tree populations.

It’s important that people working in the outdoors are able to recognise potential symptoms and are aware of where to report suspect trees and know how to minimise any spread of pests and diseases through the effective application of biosecurity measures.

This e-learning package was developed with input from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), the Arboriculture Association and the British Association for Landscape Industries (BALI). Our aim is to outline the main current and potential tree pests and diseases and provide clear guidance on the most effective and appropriate biosecurity measures to use in different situations.

The course is divided into four modules. At the end of each is a short test to establish your understanding of the subject. The pass mark for each test is 80% with the option to re-take the test if required.

Biosecurity Awareness - Module 1

  • Explain the definition and principles of biosecurity
  • Explain why biosecurity is important from an environmental, social and financial perspective
  • and provide examples of current and potential tree pests and diseases

Biosecurity Dispersal Pathways - Module 2

  • provide historical data on pest and disease introductions to the UK
  • outline the various ways in which pests and diseases can be dispersed geographically
  • explain means of dispersal in the forestry, horticulture and arboriculture sectors

Biosecurity Measures - Module 3

  • an overview of plant health law
  • recommendations for responsible sourcing of planting stock 
  • best practice for planning a site visit
  • the correct methods of disposing of infected waste

Biosecurity Personal Controls- Module 4

  • identify the contents of a biosecurity kit
  • give examples of disinfectants and their preparation and use
  • increase your understanding of your responsibilities in preventing the spread of pests and diseases by undertaking low or high risk biosecurity good practice
  • detail when and how to report pests and diseases

If you have problems finding anything or have questions or comments about the course modules or e-learning site please contact us

Last updated: 21st June 2016

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