Slug pellets ban lifted after legal challenge by manufacturer 

Wool pellets used as for protection against slugs and snails
Use wool pellets against slugs and snails Credit: Jeanette Teare Garden Images / Alamy 

It was back in December 2018 that the news was announced. After years of petitions, slug pellets containing metaldehyde would finally be banned in June 2019, due to an ‘unacceptable risk’ to wildlife.

Being at the bottom of the food chain, slugs and snails are eaten by huge numbers of other species, from amphibians and reptiles, to hedgehogs and birds. The other day I disturbed a slow worm eating a slug. Happily, the slow worm and other wildlife can safely eat slugs in my garden, as I’ve never used pellets. But I’ve seen enough videos of metaldehyde-poisoned hedgehogs to last me a lifetime (they nearly always have to be put down).

The ban was overturned last week, down to a challenge on its legality...

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