Looking downstream on the River Cree
Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch
Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park
Looking upstream on the River Luce
North American Signal Crayfish
The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch
Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'
Fly fishing on the River Cree
A small upland burn
The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet
A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn
A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee
This week, GFT began the resurvey of Giant hogweed on the River Urr by mountain bike! In 2010 GFT initially surveyed the River Urr for Giant hogweed, recording almost 4,500m2 of the invasive non-native plant. Through the CIRB project, GFT have delivered a number of sprayings over the summer periods since 2011.
Giant hogweed grows from seed (unlike Japanese knotweed that grows from vegetation) which are viable in the soil for a number of years, therefore killing this annual plant each year will not resolve the infestation until the seed bank is used up. This means that the findings of the resurvey will not show a dramatic decline in area of Giant hogweed compared to the initial survey. GFT will continue to control the plant each year until the seed bank is used up.
GIANT HOGWEED HUMAN HEALTH REMINDER:
If the sap of the plant comes into contact with your skin, it can cause severe, painful burns and make your skin sensitive to strong sunlight. What to do: If you touch a giant hogweed, cover the affected area, and wash it with soap and water. The blisters heal very slowly and can develop into phytophotodermatitis, a type of skin rash which flares up in sunlight. If you feel unwell after contact with Giant hogweed, speak to your doctor. - Source www.nhs.uk