This observer notes from the BBC website: “Highland Council has secured a grant from Scottish Natural Heritage to eradicate giant hogweed on the Auldearn Burn, near Nairn, and Munlochy.” Full article here.
Previous work had been undertaken on the Auldearn Burn but there is still more to be done and according to a Highland Council press release: “At Auldearn the cover has reduced significantly since 2006 but there are still a few plants springing up due to the large seedbed and the fact the seeds can stay dormant for over 5 years, but it is very much under control.” The press release continues, “In 2012 a further 4 years of funding of Giant Hogweed Control coordination was secured from SNH with match funding from Highland Council. This will continue the work underway in Auldearn and Munlochy. This is a long term project but by acting now, a great deal of money will be saved both in erms of control costs and also reducing any income lost due to this plants impact on local businesses.” Press release here.
That’s excellent news for the native species on the Auldearn Burn but what about the River Nairn itself? Once again it has been an excellent year for the Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. Gurnites will remember the launch in March by the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust launching a co-ordinated campaign (see Gurn article here) to eradicate these species locally. So far on the lower river Nairn from the
harbour there doesn’t seem to have been any spraying of these invasive species apart
from River Community Council spraying a small section between the A96 and the
sewage bridge.Athough it seems one or two individuals have been cutting down
the Giant Hogweed before it seeds. Firhall Bridge
Will there be a co-ordinated attempt on the lower part of the River Nairn this year and who will do the spraying? It’s excellent that the Auldearn Burn will receive more attention but the native flora and fauna of the River Nairn need protection from these invasive species too.