Council uses Goats to eat Japanese Knotweed

Bournemouth Council set to introduce goats along Alum Chine in a bid to control the spread of Japanese Knotweed along Bournemouth’s unique cliffside habitats after trial scheme at Boscombe saw the hungry goats polish off bamboo, Japanese knotweed and holm oak, potentially saving the local tax payers tens of thousands.

Bournemouth Council’s conservation and countryside manager Mr. Stuart Clarke said: “In 2014 we entered into an environmental stewardship agreement with Natural England to manage our unique cliff habitats with the key aim to restore the cliffs to a more natural state for the benefit of the important native plants and animals that live there. This means controlling the spread of invasive non-native species such as Japanese Knotweed, holm oak and Hottentot fig.”

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Goats introducted at Alum Chine to eat japanese knotweed by Bournemouth Council Image google earth

Mr. Stuart Clarke also stated, we know from our experience of goat grazing at Honeycombe Chine that this is a very effective and sustainable way of achieving this aim therefore, we plan to introduce goat grazing to other suitable areas including the cliff between Alum Chine and Middle Chine.”

It is hope that this new scheme will mean that Bournemouth council will no longer need to pay expensive contractors to control and survey the spread of Japanese Knotweed and other invasive species.