The goats will be cared for by a community of volunteer goat herders from the local area. The goat herders are receiving full training, and will ensure that the goats are all happy and healthy, with fresh water and secure fencing every day.
The project aims to improve the biodiversity of the area but also engage local people in animal husbandry and the realities of the livestock industry. Lynne Davis, project coordinator, explains: "The goats are males from the dairy industry. We've brought them here to help us out in adding biodiversity to this landscape. The boys have had a happy life thus far and it's great they can enjoy this goat haven!
At the end of the project the boys will go to slaughter. It's part and parcel of keeping dairy animals, not just meat farming. We want to engage people with the joy and responsibility of working with the animals themselves.
We'll be running workshops in butchery, bone stock making and tanning the skins. We want to show what you can do if you use the whole of the animal, as conventionally much of these animals are wasted. These are traditional skills that we hope to help bring back to life."
The project will run until late March with courses in late March and early April. To find out more visit www.streetgoat.co.uk/conservation-grazing.