Wild Things is a local environmental charity in Moray currently undertaking a conservation project removing giant hogweed and Japanese Knotweed from along the banks of the river Findhorn. These are invasive non-native species which cause huge amounts of damage to the local environment and we have been doing well at keeping them at bay the last couple of years. This year however, due to the situation, we have not been able to work with many people and as such, we are in desperate need of more adult volunteers.
We are looking for adult volunteers. We provide full PEE and training. The work is a physically a bit tough and both the chemical used to treat it (glyphosate) and the chemical produced by the plant itself are dangerous (hence the PPE and training). The work can also be quite fun and enjoyable as there is a huge feel-good factor for the positive environmental impacts and a team-spirit working with other volunteers.
We are currently heading out every thursday and individuals can sign up through our website www.wild-things.org.uk
or specifically https://wild-things.org.uk/our-events/habitat-restoration-project/
What does a day out on our Habitat Restoration Project involve?
Conservation volunteering could be:
Digging up giant hogweed
Pulling up Himalayan balsam
Spraying giant hogweed with herbicides
Spraying Japanese knotweed with herbicides
Surveying for invasive non native plants
Fresh air and exercise
An opportunity to explore local habitats and the plants and animals that live there
These invasive non-native species (INNS) overwhelm the native flora and fauna, limiting biodiversity and threatening the unique but vulnerable habitats around the river which are host to a wide variety of enigmatic species such as Atlantic salmon, otter and osprey. In addition, giant hogweed is a highly toxic plant and is a human health concern, limiting the public’s access to and enjoyment of the river. Your work and energy will help Wild Things! support the return of native species along the banks of the River Findhorn.