News Archive 2010

2010 Wildlife Festival booklet launched

Tuesday 5th January 2010

Wildlife Festival booklet coverThe programme of events for the 2010 Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival is now available. The Festival is a showcase for some of the special wildlife found in Dumfries and Galloway, with local groups, organisations, businesses and visitor attractions putting on special events to enable more people to learn about and enjoy the plants and animals that live in the region.

Volunteers in Biological Recording - a new study

Friday 19th February 2010

Volunteers have long played a major part in biological recording in the UK. From the amateur naturalists of the 1800s to the present day, their contribution to the knowledge of our flora and fauna cannot be understated. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have now commissioned a study to look into the current extent of voluntary biological recording in Scotland and at its potential value

On the lookout for a new invader

Monday 1st March 2010

A highly invasive marine species, the sea squirt Didemnum vexillum, has recently been discovered for the first time in Scottish waters. A colonial species, it has been spreading around the world in recent years, colonizing marine structures, ships’ hulls, and natural marine habitats.

New field guide to mosses and liverworts

Thursday 4th March 2010

bbsfieldguide_0.jpgA new field guide to mosses and liverworts has just been published by the British Bryological Society (BBS), with new keys, photos and illustrations.

New regional ID guide to butterflies and moths

Wednesday 10th March 2010

D&G butterfly booklet coverButterfly Conservation have published a new free guide to help with identification of the butterflies and moths of Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire.

Looking for the March Brown

Wednesday 10th March 2010

The national mayfly recording scheme are asking for help in recording one of the distinctive mayflies that will emerge on our rivers this spring.

New Project Officer Vacancy

Friday 26th March 2010

Solway Heritage is seeking to employ an enthusiastic Project Officer to deliver the Bugs in Gardens project.

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.

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

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.