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Juniper Shieldbug New to Dumfries and Galloway

Friday 11th March 2011
Juniper Shieldbug

We were recently sent a photo of a bug seen back in 2008 and has turned out to be a first for the county! The juniper shieldbug (Cyphostethus tristriatus) was found in a garden in the middle of Dumfries when a hedge was being removed.

Garden Wildlife Day

Tuesday 15th February 2011

crop.jpgInterested in gardening? Whether you are a beginner or more experienced come along to our garden wildlife day on 26 March and have your chance to ask the experts questions and find out what you can do to encourage wildlife into your garden.

Tell us about the Bugs in your Garden

Monday 16th August 2010
Carder bee

The Environmental Resources Centre launched its new project “Bugs in Gardens” in July at Allanton Peace Sanctuary. The project is looking to encourage people to take more of an interest in the invertebrates they come across in their gardens and to send in these records. Many invertebrates play vital roles in helping to keep our gardens healthy and productive through pollination, pest control and soil conditioning. However lots of species are in decline due to loss of habitat and changes in how our countryside is managed.

Invasive species in the spotlight

Thursday 8th July 2010

Himalayan Balsam ©NNSSInvasive plants along our river corridors are the focus of a new project in Dumfries and Galloway. DGERC are helping to map records of invasive species on behalf of the project partnership, and project officers are working with landowners to facilitate its control

Grass Snake reaches central Dumfries and Galloway

Monday 17th May 2010

Dumfries and Galloway now appears to have a new species of reptile resident in the region.