Visitors to Cromer will be glad to know they can enjoy one of the resort’s best-loved “attractions” as the Bagot goats have made their eagerly awaited return.
After a winter using their unique landscaping skills to maintain sensitive areas in places such as Salthouse Heath and Wiveton, the team is back keeping the grass and vegetation cut on the cliff, saving North Norfolk District Council around £15,000 a year in maintenance costs.
They will now spend the next four months on the cliff, working (and eating) hard.
Animal control assistant Mark Frosdick, who takes care of the goats and came up with the idea to employ them, said: “After a long winter of landscaping in and around North Norfolk, it’s great to see the goats back to normality out on Cromer cliffs, where they’ll spend the next couple of months grazing back the vegetation and keeping the slopes under control.”
The distinctive black and white Bagot is thought to be Britain’s oldest breed of goat. They are hardy and easy to tame and the Cromer herd has proved hugely popular with residents and visitors alike.
This herd first came to Cromer in 2016, when eight goats began the task of keeping the cliff habitat under control. Earlier this year, the herd grew in number, with 15 kids joining the family.
Some of this year’s kids who have joined the maintenance team on Cromer Cliff. Photos: Mark Frosdick
They have their own Goats on a Slope merchandise, which helps to fund their upkeep and make the project self-sustainable. The range is currently on display at the North Norfolk Visitor Centre in Cromer, or through Delilah Bagot’s Facebook page.
Delilah was an orphaned kid who was brought up by Mark and works hard publicising the herd at shows and events as well as enjoying life with his family.