Removing Invasive Plants from Dune Grassland

We had a big group of over 20 on Sunday who all did great work in removing 22 bags of the introduced and invasive plant, Two-spined Acaena, from the sand dunes at Gullane Bents. This plant threatens to crowd out the diverse, native flora and so we’re on a mission to try to get rid of it. We also celebrated volunteer Howard’s 80th birthday! Many thanks to Abbie for the photos.

Did You Know?

Two-spined Acaena, and its close relative Pirri-pirri-Bur, both arrived here on fleeces imported from South America and New Zealand and is grown as a garden plant. It is a great threat to the biodiversity of our dune grasslands and the Council Ranger Service is expending a lot of energy removing it from the County. Their numerous spiny seeds cling to clothing and fur, breaking up when pulled, and dogs have had to be shaved to remove them! Please let us know if you spot any and we’d be most grateful if you could remove it from your garden if you have any.

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Some more photos from Tuesday

Thanks to Liz for these photos from our group on Tuesday.

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Construction and Destruction

Thanks to everyone who came along yesterday to put the finishing touches to Margaret’s bench (which looks really great!), started making a storage unit for the electric fencing kit and cleared away planks and sea buckthorn. Thanks to Abbie for the photos.

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More Buckthorn Bashing

A big thank you to the big team of folk who came out yesterday to finish off clearing an area of sea buckthorn in the fixed dune grassland. It’s a site which we have been working on for a number of years now with our efforts really starting to pay off and dune grassland habitat re-establishing. Thanks to Alan for the photos from the day.

    

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Plants A Lot

Here are some photos of our day of single-species plant monitoring in early July, when the plants and sun shone. Thanks to Abbie for the photos.

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Fencing, Rubbish and Planks

It was a very productive group on Sunday as we finished off the twine fencing around the bird nesting area, cleared all the rubbish from the beach and Gullane Point and piled up a mass of planks ready for uplift. And we saw plenty of wildlife too, including a nice female marsh harrier. Thanks to Liz for the photos.

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Final Buckthorn Bash of the Season

Thanks to all you came along to clear sea buckthorn last Sunday. It was a very successful day with a very successful fire. Thanks to Jane for the photos.

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Buckthorning and Cookout

Thanks to everyone who came to take out sea buckthorn last Wednesday, the catering seemed to go well, particularly my surprise cakes! Thanks to Abbie of the photos.

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Buckthorning in the Sun

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to digging out and chop down sea buckthorn up on Gullane Hill. Well done to the pyromaniacs who successfully got the fire burning well. Thanks to MA for the photo.

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Beach Cleaning

A big thank you to the 23 folk who managed to clear rubbish from all of the beach and most of the saltmarsh yesterday. A tremendous effort! We also carried out two surveys, recording all the litter we picked up. These data will be fed into the national recording scheme run by the Marine Conservation Society to build up a picture of how much rubbish is washing up on our beaches nationally. Thanks to Abbie for the photos.

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