Oppose Brora Riverside work by BaDAG
We, the undersigned, oppose any work proposed or planned by Brora and District Action Group (BaDAG) along the banks of the River Brora both now and in the future.
We oppose BaDAG's regeneration plan of the so called 'unsightly and overgrown' riverbanks at Brora and maintain that funding may be spent better elsewhere.
We agree that the current picnic and path areas along the river are satisfactory and do not need upgrading or made clinical such as at the Golf Course entrance to the Jubilee Walk. We oppose BaDAG's plans to upgrade these areas.
BaDAG state that: "The overgrown riverbank is populated with non-indigenous trees and part of the project includes replacement planting with indigenous species". Whilst some trees along the riverbanks may be non-indigenous, in no means are they non-indigenous invasive species. Therefore, the removal of any trees is pointless unless particular trees are diseased or decaying.
Non-indigenous species have enriched the environment in the UK and with proper management will continue to do so.
Snowdrops, for example, are a non-indigenous species in Brora but there are no plans by BaDAG to remove them.
Many non-indigenous species are valuable nectar and pollen producers for endangered species such as bees, moths and butterflies. any mass destruction of them would be very damaging to the environment. Where trees are dangerous, they should be removed, but not otherwise. (Thanks to Douglas Sutherland for this)
There are more important issues in Brora to tackle or address than those along the riverbanks at Brora.