Spain has taken a very unusual step this time to prevent its forests from catching fire. Much of Europe was scorched this summer, with numerous forest fires breaking out and in Spain goats and sheep are helping to fight the blazes - one nibble at a time, Business Insider UK.
Dubbed 'Goat Fire Brigades' the animals are part of a pilot programme in the Girona region of northern Spain, run by Pau Costa Foundation.
Tapping into an old agricultural practice, the herds are set out to graze in strategic areas of the forest identified as being at risk from fires.
The local breeds, particularly suited to the terrain, make quick work of munching through overgrown trees and scrubland vegetation. This not only deprives fires of fuel, but also creates cleared areas for fire crews to easily reach the forest. It's simple, cheap and effective and also gives the shepherds a unique selling point for their products.