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 summer has been as busy as the past three; the CIRB project has had an army of volunteers, GFT staff and contractors out on the Galloway rivers monitoring and controlling Japanese knotweed (JK) and Giant hogweed (GH). Below is a briefing of who is controlling on each river and a little update on progress –
Water of Luce – Contractors – To date contractors have sprayed all the JK seen and are due to return within the next 2 weeks.
River Bladnoch – Qualified GFT Staff – To date GFT staff have sprayed all the JK across the Bladnoch catchment area. A second visit is scheduled for later this week.
Water of Fleet – Qualified volunteers and GFT staff – To date qualified volunteers and GFT staff have carried out a spraying of the JK on the Water of Fleet. Preparations are in place to return this week (16th and 17th Sept) for the second spray.
Kirkcudbrightshire Dee – Contractors – To date contractors have carried out a spraying of JK across the Dee system and are due to return within the next 2 weeks.
River Urr – Contractors – To date contractors have carried out various sprayings of GH since May 2014 to attempt to halt the seed bank increasing by killing the plants for setting seed. Contractors have also carried out two sprayings of the JK on the River Urr.
Due to the success of the control work in the early years of the project, we are not finding large stemmed Japanese knotweed plants that we can stem inject, therefore the control programme for this year is replicated across the region; one main spray when in flower – followed by a second visit to spray any hidden/missed stems.