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Fiona McIlwraith reports on the action being taken to prevent the spread of Larch Disease in Galloway Forest Park.


Forestry Commission 'minimising disruption'

Forestry Commission Scotland is working to minimise disruption, while it fells trees infected by Larch Disease in Galloway Forest Park.

Mild summer could have slowed spread of larch disease

Work to fell the infected trees at Galloway Forrest Park is ongoing. Credit: ITV Border

The spread of larch disease in Galloway Forrest Park is hoped to have been slowed by last year's mild summer.

The Forestry Commission won't know the extent of the damage over the past year until spring time.

Work to fell as many of the infected trees as possible is ongoing.

Study helps struggling pine martens

A study is currently underway to help conserve pine martens in Dumfries and Galloway.

Only 12 of the animals were re-introduced to the area in the 1980s, meaning the current animals are all descended from the original dozen. It's raised concerns over how small the gene pool is in Galloway Forest.

Woman airlifted to hospital after Galloway biking accident

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling from her mountain bike in Kirroughtree Forest near Newton Stewart.

The cyclist suffered head and neck injuries after being thrown from her handlebars whilst making her way through one of the sections of the famous 7 Stanes tracks on Saturday afternoon.

She was brought to safety by the Galloway Mountain Rescue and team before the air ambulance transferred her to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

"The injured female was packaged with a C-collar and vac-matt and stretcher carried to an awaiting ambulance and thereafter transferred to Helimed 5 air ambulance to be flown to DGRI."

– Galloway Mountain Rescue Team


Storm repairs continue at Galloway Forest Park

This winter has seen some fairly extreme weather and work is still going on to repair some of the storm damage in the Galloway Forest Park.

Trees were blown down and uprooted making the woodland trails safe for visitors is taking some time.

The repair work has meant that many walking and mountain biking trails have had to close but not everyone is heeding the signs to stay away. Fiona McIlwraith reports.

Beginners guide to stargazing a hit in Galloway Forest Park

Yesterday many people were out searching for the northern lights in Dumfries and Galloway but, unfortunately there was no sign of them, but a beginners guide to stargazing still proved a big hit.

Run by the forestry commission in Galloway Forest Park, the events are being held throughout the next few weeks.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith spent an evening with the stars.

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