Defra, BHS Work Together to Lead British Ragwort Debate

The British Horse Society (BHS) conducted the largest survey of the English equine population to assess levels of awareness and concern about ragwort.

No account yet? Register


The British Horse Society (BHS) has presented the results of its research into ragwort at a stakeholder summit with the U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Lord de Mauley after conducting the largest survey of the English equine population.

At a stakeholder summit being held at Defra’s headquarters The British Horse Society revealed their recommendations for tackling concern about ragwort, a plant that can cause serious, and sometimes fatal harm, to horses.

The British Horse Society, with Defra’s input, will be producing a toolkit for local equine groups to give people clear and targeted advice about the best practice and effective mechanisms for both control on own land and legal responsibilities in connection with ragwort.

Additionally, The British Horse Society is calling for the establishment of local Ragwort Action Partnerships between local authorities, public, and private landowners, and local equine groups. The aim of these partnerships is to help improve communication between these groups and ensure ragwort is controlled in areas used by horses

Create a free account with to view this content. is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.


Written by:

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

When do you begin to prepare/stock up on products/purchase products for these skin issues?
97 votes · 97 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with!