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What a Difference

Friday, October 6th 2017

Looking through the photos taken over the last few days it is amazing the differences in the conditions.  We have had rainbows.


We have had glorious sun over the moor.

Glorious sun over the moor

We have had rather dramatic skies over the heath, caught by Leanne.

Dramatic skies over the heath

Dark skies over the heath

Regular readers of our blog will notice the new fence around the heath.  Volunteers have spent hundreds of hours removing invasive species from this area, only to find that yet more have appeared almost overnight.  After discussions with Natural England it was decided that the best way forward was to introduce Exmoor Ponies who will, we are told, eat the invasive species but hopefully, leave the heather alone to thrive.

Many reserves and conservation areas use Exmoor Ponies as part of their habitat management plans.

The ponies that were on our moor last year did a good job grazing much of the coarse vegetation.

Exmoor ponies on the moor

Exmoor Ponies

The fenced areas of the heath are not large so they will be rotated around each section and if they do an excellent job and eat everything they should, they can then be taken to the moor.  We hope that the ponies, not yet sure what they are called, will arrive about mid October.

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