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 Wednesday 6th November, Galloway Fisheries Trust worked alongside SEPA, SNH, Nith Catchment Fisheries Trust and River Annan Trust to hold a one day seminar and workshop event at the Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries for local land managers and public agencies, to raise awareness of the threat posed by non-native species to the Dumfries and Galloway region.
Invasive non-native species, such as Japanese knotweed, are the second biggest threat to our native plants and animals after habitat loss – and have an estimated annual cost of £244 million to the Scottish economy through the damage caused to local infrastructure, leisure and tourism, forestry, horticulture and aquaculture.
In addition to raising awareness of non-native species, the day's workshops were aimed at promoting sustainable and responsible management practices for non native species.
A strong emphasis was placed on encouraging greater partnership working with over 80 land managers and local councillors attending the event, including delegates from Dumfries and Galloway Council, DG First, Scottish Water, Police Scotland, local and national trusts and RSPB.
The seminar featured key note speeches from SNH and local land management organisations on the national and local issues associated with invasive species. Guest speakers also included Swansea County & City Council and Cumbria's Freshwater Invasive Non-Native Species (FINNS) Project.
A series of workshops completed the day's activities by exploring a range of topics designed to highlight key areas of improvement for Dumfries and Galloway. These will include the effective use of technology in monitoring new and existing species, development of a Regional Rapid Response, and potential use of the national 'Check Clean Dry' campaign to help prevent further spread.