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Our latest newsletter is out now and can be read here

In this edition: the end of another plant control season, final releases from our primary school filming project, a sneaky preview of progress at…


A little sneak peak of hogweed-munching sheep...

Our sheep grazing trial at Macduff ran again successfully this year - the sheep have been off site since September but our woolly warriors were hard at work over the summer months, munching away at giant hogweed!

You can see their…


Project Officer Karen met with Rachel Stewart from BBC Out of Doors last week to discuss all things giant hogweed - impacts on biodiversity, human health impacts and how sheep can be used to tackle infestations.

Rachel joined Karen at our trial site near Macduff in Aberdeenshire, where we…


The final production from our school filming project has been released!

Introduction to the River Don

Pupils from the P7 class at Kellands Primary School have created a film about the River Don in Aberdeenshire. In the film we hear all about the native species found on the river…


Seasonal Project Officer Owen Barron spent the summer months working to control invasive species in the Esk and Tay catchments. He had an interesting season battling giant hogweed, tackling Japanese knotweed forests and trying to navigate rural Perthshire to deliver supplies to our trusty mink…


The latest film from our school filming project has been released!

Japanese Knotweed

Pupils from the P7 class in Milnes Primary School, Fochabers, have created a film about Japanese knotweed. We hear all about how this invasive species came to Scotland and became established here…