IMG_1896More caprine news this week! There are two beautiful new goats in our goat pen. These golden girls are our Golden Guernsey goats, a rare native breed known for their golden coats. They are a small and light-boned milking breed and as their name suggests, hail from Guernsey. Many thanks to the Friends of Mudchute Park & Farm for helping to bring this gorgeous breed to Mudchute.

The Golden Guernsey breed nearly died out during WWII as most of the livestock on Guernsey were wiped out during the German occupation of the island. The breed owes its survival to Miss Miriam Milbourne, who was able to hide a small group of the goats! You can find out more about this beautiful golden goat breed from the RBST as well as the Golden Guernsey Goat Society.


The two golden nannies join us from Vauxhall City Farm and already settled into their new home. They are extremely friendly and seem to be enjoying exploring their new enclosure.


As we reach the middle of March, there is not long left now until lambing comes into full swing. The first of our ducklings are growing up quickly and schools are eagerly watching the eggs they are incubating as a part of our Hatch and Brood programme.

We’ve been treated to very warm weather over the past few days. The warm sunshine has really made it feel like Spring has arrived. There are blossoms and new shoots cropping up across the farm. Birds are busily gathering nesting material and we’ve seen several butterfly species on the wing. Our ponds are filling with frogspawn and we’ve spotted toads and newts too. The days are growing noticeably longer each day as well. Not long now until we’ll be making the switch to British Summer Time and our summer opening times.


Out staff and volunteers have been helping to tidy up wayward branches and untidy stumps around the farm. The resulting branches make excellent enrichment and browse for our goats. The cuttings help the goats express their natural browsing behaviour and make a tasty snack too!