To research the origin, history and present status of British feral goat herds, with the overall aim of identifying the remaining British Primitive Goats and preserving a viable gene bank of these for the future.
Aims of The British Feral Goat Research Group
- To research the origin, history and present status of British feral goat herds.
- To classify extant British feral goat populations according to three categories:
- of known British Primitive origin
- of British Primitive origin with varying degrees of introgression.
- of known modern origin.
- To map the genetic diversity of extant British Primitive Goat populations and devise a conservation plan that maintains the diversity of the gene pool.
- To research theories regarding the origin of feral goats and in particular the hypothesis that any type of goat, once it goes feral, reverts to a so-called wild type.
- To work towards recognition of British Primitive Goats as a breed type.
- To actively engage with landowners/managers to establish management plans to safeguard the gene pool and welfare of British Primitive Goats.
- To make all research material as widely available as is possible.
- To promote through education the historical importance and conservation value of the British Primitive Goat.