Wisley goats busy recycling unwanted Christmas trees as a special New Year treat

January 12, 2018
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While many people in Surrey have been cutting back on their food intake after some festive feasts a group of greedy goats has been gobbling up Christmas trees.

Surrey Wildlife Trust has been disposing of old Christmas trees by feeding them to a hungry herd of goats at Pond Farm in Wisley.

“Our grazing goats have been loving their special New Year treat and it’s a great way to recycle our unwanted Christmas trees,” said grazing officer Jo Saunders.

“While it’s not true that goats will eat anything, they are very curious and will eat a wide variety of plants.

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“They’re able to eat very prickly plants easily – favourites include gorse, bramble and of course Christmas trees.

“This makes them excellent scrub managers.”

The goats, which came from feral populations in Devon and North Wales, are used for conservation grazing all year round.

Goats gobble up unwanted Christmas trees in Wisley
(Image: Leigh Thornton)

The trust says using the animals to look after the landscape is a more environmentally friendly alternative than hacking away or burning overgrown areas.

Ms Saunders added: “The goat’s job is simply to eat.

“We put them out onto nature reserves in small paddocks to eat woody species, which stop them from taking over precious habitats such as heathland and chalk grasslands.”

The trust is now urging people to adopt a goat for £25, so they can continue with their important conservation work.

You can find out more about animal adoptions visit on the Surrey Wildlife Trust website.

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/wisley-goats-busy-recycling-unwanted-14145197


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