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:

INFORMATION DOCUMENT
HELP SHEET: Ash compared with Rowan

 

YouTube VIDEO


 

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:

ASH DIEBACK - COMMUNITY SURVEY DATA SHEET - Word Doc
ASH DIEBACK - COMMUNITY SURVEY DATA SHEET - pdf
for submitting your observations of Ash Dieback disease
(and sightings of healthy ash trees)

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.

ASH DIEBACK LINKS
Scottish Woodlands
Forest Research
NatureScot
Scottish Wildlife Trust
The Woodland Trust

 

 

Skye & Lochalsh Environment Forum, Tigh a Chiobair, Ord, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland IV44 8RN

Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SC040820).

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