Application guidance notes - New wildlife verge

Health and safety guidance

Please read health and safety guidance carefully. By completing this form you are confirming that you have read and understood these health and safety guidelines and will take all reasonable precautions to protect your personal health and safety as well as that of others.

Note: Health and Safety information should be used as guidance for your personal safety only. It is vital that you make the ultimate decisions as to whether an area is safe to work in, and if at any time you feel unsafe stop work and return to a safe location. YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT AND SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ABOVE ALL ELSE.


  1. Make sure to carry a personal first aid kit, including any personal medication, to treat illness or injury.
  2. Keep tetanus jabs up to date.

Lone working

  1. Where possible ensure that activities are not carried out by persons working alone.
  2. Take a mobile phone and make sure that someone knows where you are and approximately what time you will return.

Working near roads

  1. Fluorescent vests or other bright clothing should be worn at all times, to make you easily visible to passing motorists.
  2. Surveys should be carried out in daylight and in good weather.
  3. Always remain on the verge, and where possible keep a minimum distance of 1.1m (or as far as possible) away from the road edge.
  4. Be alert to other road users, and pay particular attention when working close to busy roads.
  5. Slips, trips and falls can cause serious injury, therefore be aware of uneven surfaces, wear sturdy footwear and tread carefully whilst on site.
  6. Take particular care when working on slopes or close to water sources.
  7. Be aware of any maintenance work being carried out in the area (e.g. road works, vegetation strimming etc.) and remain a minimum of 20m away from any such activity.

Weather conditions

  1. Avoid carrying out surveys in severe weather conditions (high winds, severe storms etc.).
  2. In warm weather remember to regularly apply sun block, keep skin covered, wear a hat, and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.


  1. Be careful when working close to livestock and other animals.
  2. Wear long trousers and use insect repellent to avoid bites and stings where possible.
  3. If suffering from a bite or sting please seek medial advice as soon as possible.
  4. Make sure you carry any personal medication used to treat for allergic reactions to bites and stings.
  5. When working close to water cover any cuts or abrasions with appropriate waterproof dressing, and please remember to wash your hands thoroughly before eating, drinking or smoking.
  6. Be aware of areas where adders may be basking, and avoid where possible.

Hazardous plants

  1. Plants such as Blackthorn, Giant Hogweed, and Ragwort can cause scratches and cuts, burns, and can be poisonous. Be careful to avoid such plants and seek immediate medical attention should you come in to contact with any.
  2. Make sure you carry any personal medication used to treat for allergic reactions.

Waste materials

  1. Avoid touching waste materials and be particularly aware of waste that may contain sharps such as glass, wire or needles.