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Join us as a Pest Partner: a new project helping you identify, monitor and manage pests in your heritage collections. 

Pest Partners has just launched, with funding from Historic England, to support museums and heritage organisations to care for their collections throughout 2020.

The closure imposed by COVID-19 has coincided with the period when pests are most active. This project will help you trap, track and identify pest activity and manage infestations. It will give guidance on planning for better prevention and pest management in the future. As a Pest Partner, we will provide you with a free Monitoring & ID Kit and a free Quarantine & Cleaning Pack.

This project is open to organisations whether they are planning to open this year or not.

For further details and to apply for a Pest Partners’ Registration Pack, email Helena Jaeschke at [email protected]

Are you a Pest Partner who has just received your monitoring kit? See our how to videos here to help you set up the traps

supported by historic england

 

 


About the Pest Partners project 

Our aims:

  1. Raise awareness of the problems collections face with pests
  2. Increase confidence and enthusiasm in staff and volunteers for identifying pests and dealing with them
  3. Encourage links between local entomologists and collections
  4. Provide valuable data for scientific research, in the spread and variety of pest infestations and climate change
  5. Find ways of improving our protection of collections

Eligibility Criteria:

There will be places for 200 Pest Partners – museums, historic buildings, galleries and privately owned heritage collections, as long as they meet BOTH of the following criteria:

  • Are in the South West of England as defined by the Office of National Statistics (OSN)
  • Have a collection which is open to the public.

Organisations do not have to be Accredited, or Working Towards Accreditation, a charity or not-for-profit.

We will provide free trapping and identification kits to help assess the scale and variety of pests that may be threatening collections and further supplies for quarantine and cleaning where needed.

Organisations will receive guidance on:

  • Where and how to place the traps and monitor them
  • How to identify and record the pests found in the traps (and elsewhere)
  • How to spot possible pest damage
  • How to create a plan of actions to deal with any infestations

Throughout the project there will be a helpline for advice, as well as guidance and training to help museums decide what to do and how to do it.

Partners will receive continued support, as well as guidance on creating a longer term Integrated Pest Management Plan. This will help protect your collection and building in future, and include ways to train paid and volunteer staff.

Each Pest Partner heritage site will commit to:

  • Signing a simple Charter expressing their commitment to the project until the end of 2020
  • Using the kits provided to monitor and identify pests in their site
  • Sending in the data on the pests they have found once a month until November 2020, using the simple online form provided
  • Allowing the pest data to be analysed, mapped and published for scientific use.

For further details and to apply for a Pest Partners’ Registration Pack, email Helena Jaeschke at [email protected]

Apply soon – only 200 places available across the South West.