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College Valley - Wildlife

The Valley is best known for its population of feral goats.Goats are not native "native" to the
UK but were introduced at least 6,000 years ago in the stone age. The valley hosts approximately
150 or so native goats. Local folk lore suggests that they were released in medieval times by
the monks on Holy Island. However just as for deer they can be destructive and
have to be managed humanely.They can usually found along Easter and Wester tor , that is on the eastern side of the valley.
Naturally enough they also wander and can surprise you by popping up in the most unexpected places.
One odd point is that the Valley actually exports it goats, well maybe not abroad but certainly eslewhere in the UK.
Back in 2007 approximately 50 were "rehoused" to help ease the pressure on the
local vegatation. 

Over the last five years a lot of time and effort has been put into reintroducing
black grouse. Black grouse uk as part of the UK Biodiversity Action plan is dedicated to
reversing the imminent extinction of these marvelous birds from the UK.
As well as introducing new birds the estate has planted a number of small woodlands as well
as the Wilderness, 70 hectares of native broadleaved woodland.

Roe deer are also present throughout the valley. Although beautiful they also bring
their own challenges with damage to trees and shrubs. The estate has to control
their numbers as humanely as possible.

Badger, fox, red squirrel and adders are other inhabitants which you might come
across.

A picture of the wild goats taken Christmas 2011. They are in the meadows above Hethpool Linn.

 feral goats in the college valley

 

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