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Date published: 2nd January 2019

The popular Bagot goats that have proven such a hit for visitors and residents in North Norfolk are enjoying a change of scenery over the winter after their sterling work in Cromer last year.

Nine nannies and three nanny kids are grazing at Salthouse Heath and 15 billies are at Kelling Heath. The billies will soon be heading further afield, with Norfolk Wildlife Trust taking them for a winter break near Thetford.

As well as being the stars of thousands of photos, videos and selfies this year, the goats – who first arrived in Cromer in 2016 – saved North Norfolk District Council and local taxpayers more than £10,000 thanks to their habitat management on the cliff at Cromer in 2018.

In the past, the cliff area has become overgrown, leading to a problem with litter embedded and snagged in bushes. The goats graze on rough materials rather than grass, and that helps keep plant growth across the area under control.

Mark Frosdick, an Animal Control Assistant at NNDC, was the brains behind the idea of using the goats to keep the cliff clear of overgrowth and rubbish. He said: “The goats have been a brilliant success and have carried out a very useful job. They have saved taxpayers thousands of pounds, as well as proving an attraction for visitors.

“The Bagot is a rare breed, so it’s great that we are also helping to keep them alive and well.”

This year saw the launch of some popular merchandise to promote the Cromer Bagots, with the artwork done by Ian Richardson, another member of staff at North Norfolk District Council.

More than 1,500 mugs, tea-towels, ceramic fridge magnets, mounted prints, postcards, key rings, bags and coasters have been sold, with the income more than offsetting the cost of vets bills and feed for the goats.

Ian said: “I can’t believe how successful the merchandise has been, and I’m thrilled how many people have bought these souvenirs.”

Depending on the weather, the Bagots – possibly including some young kids – will be returning to Cromer sometime in the spring or early summer.

Last updated: 24th January 2019