Volunteers Wanted As River Dee Trust Gets Set to Tackle Invasives on the River Don

April 10, 2017

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 info@riverdon.org or by calling 01339 880411


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