The River Dee Trust is working on behalf of the River Don Trust to tackle invasive species on Donside. Invasive species will be targeted between Alford and Inverurie, as well as on 30km of the Urie to its confluence with the Don at Port Elphinstone.
Tackling invasive non-native plants along the banks of the River Dee – such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan balsam and North American skunk cabbage - is a priority on the Dee because of their potential impact on the river and its existing, native species.
The Dee Trust and Board has had success controlling these species on the Dee in recent years. With the help of volunteers, a large area from Ballater to Park Bridge near Drumoak has been tackled successfully. Work has also been carried out on the Rivers Cowie and Carron down to Stonehaven. The ongoing Dee Invasive Plant Project (DIPP) has extended this effort to target the lower river and tributaries down to Aberdeen Harbour.
This new project takes the fight onto Donside and will require the same level of hard work and enthusiasm, which has been the hallmark of the volunteers on Deeside.
River Officer, Calum Hislop said, " We have enjoyed great success in tackling invasives, such as Giant Hogweed and Japanese Knotweed on Deeside. The support of our volunteers has been instrumental in that success and I am keen to develop the same level of support on Donside. The work is tough, rewarding and good fun. Our volunteers are are provided with full training and can gain nationally recognised certification (PA1 and PA6) for herbicide use.
If you are interested in volunteering on Donside, please get in touch by email at email@example.com or by calling 01339 880411
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December 08, 2016
As a charity, the River Dee Trust has to raise funds to support its work on the River Dee. We have been humbled by the level of support throughout the year. In the last couple of months, we have had two fundraising events, which have raised £11500, all thanks to the community and River Dee family.
October 11, 2016
The smolt tagging and tracking project is a three year programme of work. Fifty smolts, captured in the lower catchment, were fitted with internal acoustic tags and tracked in spring 2016. These smolts were tracked as they migrated through the lower 22 miles of the Dee and inner harbour.
September 21, 2016
A fantastic effort by Costain volunteers helps Dee Trust in our efforts to combat destructive invasive species
July 07, 2016
The first year of the smolt tagging and tracking project is nearly complete.
July 05, 2016
Tackling invasive non-native plants along the banks of the River Dee – such as Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam and North American skunk cabbage - has become a priority for the River Office because of their potential impact on our river and its existing, native species.