Beautiful Sorrel the Exmoor pony is this weeks’ PONT Cymru Grazer of the Week.
Once their football pitch, the land is now an important nature reserve, managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
Exmoor ponies are a primitive British breed, small and light but very tough! This makes them perfect for conservation grazing projects, as well as in their ancestral home in Exmoor National Park.
The habitat here is Rhos pasture. Purple moor grass and rush characterise this typical Welsh habitat. Devil’s-bit scabious is also a typical plant of this habitat. The combination of tussocky purple moor grass and the food plant devil’s-bit scabious creates habitat for the threatened marsh fritillary butterfly.
Inappropriate management threatens Rhos pasture in Wales. This includes over-grazing, drainage, lack of grazing and fragmentation. The Exmoor ponies maintain the habitat in optimum condition here at Cae Lynden.
Local retired vets Ruth and David Thomas breed Exmoor ponies. They have been helping WTSWW (formerly Brecknock Wildlife Trust) with conservation grazing for many years. David and Ruth have provided stock checker training for reserves wardens and are very accommodating in adapting to changes in grazing regimes.
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