The Balsam Pullers
Into nature conservation - Why not join the balsam pullers?
Some of you may know that there is a small group of dedicated balsam pullers who meet at various venues around Dunkeld and Birnam from early June to late August.
Pulling is very therapeutic, and the Dunkeld pullers work for just one and a half hours each Monday morning then make for the cafe for coffee and scones.
They are controlling the spread of himalayan balsam which is an invasive species not native to Britain. This plant, although some people like its pink flowers, spreads so that other plants can’t grow beneath it. Its rich nectar attracts the pollinators away from other flowers. This means that plant and insect biodiversity is limited. Also, once the plants die back in the winter, the soil is left bare so there is more likelihood of erosion and flooding in riverside areas.
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