Information on Ragwort
Ragwort poisoning creates untold suffering for hundreds of horses throughout Scotland and causes around 50 equine deaths each year. Ragwort (senecio jacobaea) contains alkaloids that are toxic to horses, cattle, deer, sheep, pigs, goats, dogs and humans.
The Scottish Executive has powers to serve notice where ragwort is allowed to spread. Unfortunately ragwort is still all too common in Scotland.
How to control ragwort
May and June are effective months to take action. For spraying advice contact CSC Amenity on 01738 646713 or Growing Concern Scotland on 01764 684900. You could also dig it out, making sure the entire plant (including the roots) is removed. Ragforks are superb for this. Remember to wear gloves, and don't leave cut ragwort or flowers lying around.
You can find more detailed information in the following leaflets:
Scottish Government guide on "How to prevent the spread of ragwort": download
BHS Scotland, Plantlife Scotland and Butterfly Conservation Scotland leaflet "Ragwort: friend or foe": download
How to report your concerns
If you have a problem with ragwort, we have a guidance leaflet to help you deal with your concerns: download