SLEF ASH DIEBACK PROJECT
Ash Dieback disease is now established in Skye & Lochalsh, but where? In the village of Auchtertyre and surrounds, every tree is infected and either dead or likely to die, and we've spotted ash dieback at Isleornsay and Duisdale. But where else? With this project we intend to find out.
To find out about Ash Dieback:
We ask the members of the Skye & Lochalsh community to look at the ash trees in their area and report their findings to SLEF. We will collate your records and pass them on to the appropriate authorities: Scottish Forestry (Forestry Commission), NatureScot (formerly SNH), the Woodland Trust, the Highland Biological Recording Group (HBRG), maybe others.
Because diseased trees are easily identified, the project will be easy to carry out. Make your observations and fill each occurrence of Ash Dieback on a copy of our downloadable data sheet:
PROVIDING A LOCATION
Individual tree or approximate centre of a group of trees.
1. Ordnance Survey (OS) Grid Reference using a GPS system on a dedicated handset or smart phone (iPhone). If you don't have one, please download a suitable GPS app. [e.g. GPS Waypoints Navigator; GPS Test Plus] Provide readings to the highest number of digits (10-12). In Skye & Lochalsh, most will be preceded by NG, in eastern Lochalsh by NH.
2. OS Grid Reference from an OS map (eastings first, then northings; 4-6 digits)'
3. Latitude:Longitude using a GPS system (see 1. above).
4. what3words app on smart phone (iPhone) provides precise (~3 m) locations everywhere in the world as a code consisting of just three words.
James Merryweather will receive completed forms, which you can either print and deliver/post to James (address on the form) or scan and e-mail to him. Last delivery this year: 31 October 2021.