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
On Thursday when driving from New Galloway to Newton Stewart along the A712, we spotted a small clump of Himalayan balsam flowering in a layby close to the Knocknairling Burn. We are not aware of any balsam being present around that area at all and it looks like it has been dumped here by someone, possibly just this year as it had still not seeded yet which is very late. It was in full flower and the seeds have not developed fully yet, giving us a chance to deal with it quickly before it spread. On Friday morning we returned and pulled up all 36 plants and carefully bagged them. The plants were then destroyed by burning.
It is so important to be vigilant at all times with invasive non-native plants such as Himalayan balsam, Giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. Hopefully by acting quickly in this instance we have managed to stop the balsam from getting a foothold here. If found early it is easy to sort – it took under an hour (including driving time) to deal with these balsam plants this time.
If you are aware of any Himalayan balsam in Galloway please contact GFT and together we can all try and keep this invasive plant from destroying the native habitats of the area. Biosecurity measures are important to ensure that seeds are not accidently transferred between areas. Both the Annan and Nith have extensive areas of balsam along their banks. Great care should be undertaken if walking or fishing near any balsam in the autumn as their seed pods ‘explode’ throwing out their seeds over a few meters which can then be accidentally transported to other areas on clothing, in fishing bags etc. Please always check / clean / shake down clothing if you have potentially picked up balsam seeds on your travels.