Findhorn, Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust
The Findhorn Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust aims to conserve and enhance native fish stocks in our three rivers through research, habitat restoration, and the education of river users and the wider public. Our three rivers flow from the Monadhliath Mountains north into the inner Moray Firth through the towns of Nairn, Forres and Elgin.
As part of the SISI project we will be continuing to control invasive plant species such as Giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, and Himalayan balsam along our river banks to enable native vegetation to flourish once again and improve access to the river and riverside paths.
We have a regular group of volunteers – the 'Monday Night is Hogweed Nighters', and organise sessions with Wild Things!, Forres in Bloom, Findhorn Bay Nature Reserve, and the Sanquhar Pond Group. We would welcome the opportunity to work with more community groups in Nairn and Elgin.
We will also be continuing to control American Mink- which are regularly sighted along the Moray Coast- to prevent their spread inland. We would welcome volunteers who could keep an eye out for mink for us or adopt a mink monitoring raft.
The Trust has identified the upstream source of the different invasive plants on our three rivers, and mapped the extent of the infestations. Our partnership with SISI is a continuation of our work organising the removal of invasive plants that has been ongoing for six years as part of our normal river management activities.
We are beginning to see improvements, but more still needs to be done. The dense Japanese knotweed stands along the upper River Lossie are dying back thanks to years of control, and the Giant hogweed along the River Nairn and River Findhorn at Mundole is now very much reduced.
A big thank you to all the volunteers, community groups and landowners who have supported this work so far. Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about the project – and we are always keen to talk to new community groups and individuals.
Bob Laughton 07887 535986 [email protected]
James Symonds 07493 272898 [email protected]