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Volunteers needed in ongoing battle against gorse


Aberdeen City Council's Countryside Rangers are appealing for volunteers to help clear invasive gorse bushes at Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve.

Saturday's [17 November] event is part of the ongoing battle against the prickly invader, which threatens to take over many areas of valuable wet heathland.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Scotstown Moor car park on Scotstown Road at 10am.

The event will run until 3pm.

Countryside ranger Robert Rowe said: "There will be something to suit all abilities and energy levels and the work of the day will concentrate on clearing some of the gorse that is invading the valuable heathland areas within the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Dubford Road, Bridge of Don.

"It is essential that we control the spread of gorse. This will allow more light to reach the ground and favour the heather and other colourful wild flowers. In turn butterflies, beetles, spiders and other insects will be attracted to the flowers in addition to birds looking for a ready meal."

All tools and equipment and hot drinks will be provided for the work along with safety briefings. Everyone is welcome but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The work areas will be sign posted from the car park in Scotstown Road and the Dubford Road entrance for anyone arriving after 10am.

Contact the ranger service on 01224 897400 or 07802 323919 to book a place.