The goats are back at Bristol Parkway

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A trio of goats are back at Bristol Parkway helping to prepare the land behind the station ready for the spring.

Three goats are conservation grazing on land by Parkway North Park & Ride car park.

They are expected to remain there for about a month before wildflowers start growing.

The goats are owned, managed and the responsibility of StreetGoat, a Community Led Urban Farming project based in Bristol.

Street Goat launched back in 2016 after a successful crowdfunding campaign to build a micro-dairy at The Farm allotments site in St George.

The group’s aim is to promote sustainable, local food production and manage urban spaces so the areas can produce valuable wildlife habitats and food, instead of being packed full of weeds and brambles.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “We are working in partnership with StreetGoat to enhance some of our most important sites for wildlife.

“The successful partnership has been running now for several years and has significantly improved our grassland habitats.

“This particular site is home to the rare small blue butterfly, which feeds exclusively on the Kidney Vetch plant.

“Conservation grazing is a nationally recognised measure of managing these special sites.”

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One of the goats got up close and personal with our photographer (Image: Dan Regan/BristolLive)

The three goats have been brought over to the site from Goblin Combe in North Somerset, where they had been grazing on land owned by Avon Wildlife Trust

According to the council the grassland will be monitored and the goats will be removed when the wild flowers start coming through.

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They are able to graze during the day and then the goats can settle down for the night in separate sleeping quarters which have been put up on the land.

The last time goats from this herd were at Parkway was in September last year when they had to be relocated from Stoke Park where they were grazing because people threatened to release them to save the animals from slaughter.

StreetGoat has said the male goats will go to slaughter within nine to 18 months of grazing, while the females will join a milking unit.

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