Litter picker will be deployed on clifftops over concerns for goats

Martin Ledger with one of the Bournemouth goats. <i>(Image: Bournemouth Echo)</i>
Martin Ledger with one of the Bournemouth goats. (Image: Bournemouth Echo)

A SPECIALIST litter picker will be deployed on cliffs in Bournemouth after piles of plastic and discarded items were found in the goat enclosure on the cliffs of Bournemouth Beach.

A local visitor of West Cliff spoke out about the conditions for the goats living on the cliffs at Bournemouth Beach.

Martin Ledger, 80 spoke about the ‘dreadful’ conditions, saying: “People get out of their cars, they walk on here, they have a kebab, or a Big Mac and they just chuck boxes over the cliff because they see other rubbish in there.

Read more: Goats on Bournemouth cliffs surrounded by plastic rubbish

The 80-year-old added: “It's surprising they're not ill because goats are sort of always looking for something to eat, and they'll eat anything.

“This isn't the right way to treat livestock.”

Councillor Kieron Wilson, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Regulatory Services said: "Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is determined to tackle littering across our beautiful area.

“We are aware of litter within some of the goat areas on the cliff face and our staff are undertaking litter picking where it is safe to do so.

“On the steeper areas of the cliff, we will be using a specialist contractor to litter pick.

"Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement (WISE) work with us to investigate and issue fixed penalty notices for littering. Anyone caught littering can be fined up to £150."

Emma Teasdale, a project officer at Litter Free Dorset said: " For any animal to be ingesting plastic, I imagine that's going to be pretty harmful, especially soft plastic, plastic will stay in the environment forever.

"At Litter Free Dorset, we're always looking to reduce litter at source.

"So we're trying to always go to the source of that litter and stop it from entering the environment, essentially.

"So we do specifically work with businesses and we're really trying to work closely with kind of hospitality and food and takeaway businesses in particular to try and reduce the amount of food and drink packaging that's ending up in the environment by actually reducing the amount of packaging they're using in the first place."