Japanese Knotweed Detection Dogs

  • Dogs can access areas that are difficult for humans to access (such as dense vegetation, riverbanks and marsh)
  • Dogs can search large areas quicker than humans
  • Dogs can find knotweed that can be easily missed by people (sub-surface, cut down, covered)
  • Canine Detection Services' Japanese Knotweed detection dogs can be used as an addition to the service you already provide, offering an extra piece of mind to your clients


  • We provide our services to both commercial and private clients throughout the UK.
  • Our Japanese Knotweed detection dogs can assist councils, Japanese Knotweed removal companies, development companies and development and construction firms to name just a few
  • Please contact us if you would like to find out more about our services and how they can add value and save money for your business.

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed is a tall (2-3m) plant with bamboo like stems. It has large, shield-shaped leaves and creamy white clusters of flowers from June to September. It often develops into dense thickets. It is a perennial plant so, although it dies back over winter, it regrows from the base in the spring. It doesn’t produce seed in the UK but spreads through rhizomes (underground stems) or parts of cut stems.

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an invasive plant that can cause damage to property, and is very difficult to control once established.

  • It is listed under schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to plant or cause this species to grow in the wild.
  • Plant material is a ‘controlled waste’ under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Source https://gov.wales