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Exmoors on Quantocks


Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 07 June 2010

Exmoors on Quantocks Under a new Conservation Grazing Scheme, Exmoor Ponies are being introduced onto Lydeard Hill.  Lydeard Hill is part of the Cothelstone Estate and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest representing important heathland, plants and animals.

The first four of eight ponies from The Exmoor Pony Centre (The Moorland Mousie Trust, Dulverton) were released onto the hill today (7th June) with more arriving next week. Exmoor Ponies are excellent animals to employ in such conservation schemes and have been used successfully across the country. They have evolved to survive the harsh conditions sometimes experienced in winter months. Our own herd have become well loved additions to Cothelstone Hill over the last seventeen years and help to maintain the open-nature of this popular hilltop. There are actually less Exmoor Ponies in the world than Giant Pandas and they are classed as one of our rare native mammals. Conservation schemes like those above have helped to ensure the ponies’ continued survival. For further information about The Exmoor Pony Centre visit http://www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

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