Wild Goat Park

A large enclosure which represents a clearing in the Galloway Forest, the Wild Goat Park covers much of the slopes of Craigdews Hill in W Central Dumfries and Galloway, extending to 63 ha (150 acres), 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Newton Stewart. It was created by the Forestry Commission in 1970 as part of the Galloway Forest Park. These long-horned and long-haired animals are British Primitive Goats, a rare breed which represent descendents of the earliest goats brought Britain in the Neolithic era. Around fifty live within the enclosure, while several hundred more survive on the surrounding hills. It is now managed by Forestry and Land Scotland.

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