Carrick Invasive Species Project Wants You

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The Carrick Invasive Species Project is looking for volunteers to help tackle invasive non-native weeds on the rivers Girvan and Stinchar this summer.

The project is tackling two of our worst invasive plants: Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed. These plants have taken over large sections of river bank and are causing problems for our native wildlife and sensitive river banks.

To bring them under control and help restore the river banks to their natural state we are looking for volunteers to join in with the removal of these invaders.

Free training courses and equipment are provided and volunteers can gain themselves a really useful qualification or two: a NPTC certificate to use knapsack sprayers on the river bank and a LANTRA certificate to use a brushcutter/strimmer.

If completing a training course doesn’t suit there are plenty other ways you can help and all volunteers will become well equipped to tackle these invasive plants through a variety of methods.

The next spraying course will run over the 17th-18th August at Minuntion Estate near Barr.

If you want to find out more and book a place on any of the training courses please get in touch with the project officer Meryl on 07956426218 or meryl@ayrshireriverstrust.org. or visit the project website at: www.ayrshireriverstrust.org/cisp.