We are delighted to hear that an alternative to herbicide treatment is being used in the fight against the non-native invasive giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in Aberdeenshire. The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust is using black-faced sheep to eat juvenile giant hogweed in an area where it has been difficult to control this weed using conventional methods.
Giant hogweed contains toxic sap that reacts with UV light and compromises the skins UV protection in many cases, leading to severe blisters and burns. The sheep’s pigmented, hairy skin is not affected by the giant hogweed’s sap, therefore, the animals are able to consume the weeds without risk to their health.
Giant hogweed is emerging across the UK at this time of year. It poses a serious threat to the public and it is commonly found in public parks. For more information on giant hogweed and how to identify it in spring time, watch our video.
IF YOU FIND GIANT HOGWEED, DO NOT TOUCH IT!
For assistance with giant hogweed or other non-native invasive species (Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam etc), contact us through out site here or call on 0845 676 9252.
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