Contractors are out and about on our rivers spraying Giant Hogweed at the moment. We started a bit later this year due to delays with the scoring process and CIRB procurement rules but I don’t think this is a bad thing as most plants are either this year’s or last year’s seedlings that germinated after spraying took place in 2011. Starting too early could have led to missed plants. By commencing in May, any plants of consequence should be more obvious to the contractors and shouldn’t be missed easily.
Once the Ayr, Annick and Irvine catchments are completed, focus will turn to the coastal burns and the River Garnock.
Qualified volunteers intending to assist once the contractors have completed their efforts should contact Gordon at the Trust to ensure that your names have been added to the SEARS licence.