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Cromer's cliff top goats heading for some down time

PUBLISHED: 11:52 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:52 05 September 2016

Goats are released on Melbourne slope in Cromer to help with keeping the slope vegetation clear. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Goats are released on Melbourne slope in Cromer to help with keeping the slope vegetation clear. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2016

They have had a head for heights grazing away on the cliff tops during the summer.

Goats are released on Melbourne slope in Cromer to help with keeping the slope vegetation clear. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMOREGoats are released on Melbourne slope in Cromer to help with keeping the slope vegetation clear. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

But now Cromer’s herd of goats are set for some down time – in the town’s Happy Valley. The animals will be taking up residence close to Cromer Lighthouse on Overstrand Road during the autumn and winter.

North Norfolk District Council unleashed the eight Bagot billies – Britain’s oldest breed of goat – in May as part of a new habitat management project to help with the control of scrubland. The goats provided an added visitor attraction throughout the holiday season.

A council spokesman said: “The Bagot goats will be moving to a fenced area of Happy Valley once the fencing has been completed. This is likely to be mid-September.

“They will remain there for as long as possible over the winter month, taking into consideration the food supply and the weather conditions. We hope the goats will then return to Cromer next year with a larger area to graze.”

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