GFT would like to say thank you to everyone that helped us in our plea for information on sightings of American signal crayfish across Galloway.
The information that was provided was incredibly useful and helped guide our report on their current distribution. We are hoping to share the map created from this information on the website in coming weeks.
Continuing on from this, GFT are now trying to understand the present distribution of other Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) within the Dee Catchment. These include Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam, American skunk cabbage and Mink. INNS are notoriously problematic and are damaging riparian habitats and negatively effecting native biodiversity. GFT are aware of specific locations of INNS which are treated on an annual basis but are aiming to expand on this knowledge. We are looking for reports of known locations from the general public to help guide the project and allow us to create a biosecurity management plan going forwards. This work is to be delivered as part of the Galloway Glens Partnership Project. If anyone has any information on any INNS species please get in touch with Victoria Semple either via email firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the office telephone : 01670 403011.
As December is right around the corner, I am sad to say that my internship here at GFT is nearly over. However, I am grateful for my experiences at the trust and there is still plenty for me to get up to before it does come to a close.