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Thursday, 16 September 2010

Balsam around Inverness

There are a number of Himalayan balsam populations around Inverness. Those located so far are Holm Burn, Mill Burn, Scretan and Cairnlaw Burns (both below Smithton). This is the lower section of the Scretan Burn, showing balsam dominating the banks and floodplain.
If you know of other areas with Himalayan balsam, please let me know by adding a comment below or phoning 01456 486426. Thanks!


  1. I'm not sure about sites around Inverness other than approaching the railway bridge on the way out of the Longman Industrial estate but I see there are pics of that site here already. There is a reasonably large site on the northern approach to Dingwall between the A9 and the town. Will get GR if this site is yet unrecorded although it is an obvious one.

  2. Maybe there's money to be made by harvesting the seeds as the sites are cleared. Looks almost edible!