In order to make adequate space for the expanded herd, the size of their enclosure will be more than doubled when new fencing is installed to the west of the current enclosure. The enclosure currently stops at the white steps above the promenade, but will be extended to the zig zag steps.
Cllr Angie Fitch-Tillett Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “Last year the goats were very popular with visitors, but also did a fabulous job at managing the habitat. It is excellent news that there will be an addition to the herd later in the year, which means an extra attraction for our visitors but also an extended area which will be naturally managed by these brilliant undergrowth clearing machines.”
In the past the cliff area has become overgrown, leading to a problem with litter embedded and snagged in bushes. The Bagot goats graze on rough materials rather than grass and therefore last year kept plant growth over the area under control.
The Bagot is believed to be Britain’s oldest breed of goat and unlike most other breeds - that favour mountains and uplands - it developed in the English lowlands. Bagots are very hardy and easy to tame.