Exmoor Ponies roam free at new home in Fairlight

Four Exmoor ponies have now taken up residence at Fairlight’s Warren Glen.

The ponies will play a role in carrying out important conservation grazing on the nature reserve.

Supplied by the Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust, who offer specialised grazing services to land owners, the ponies thrive on low quality chalk grassland and heathland, helping to tackle invasive coarse grasses that threaten biodiversity.

Hastings councillor Dawn Poole: “We are very pleased that we have been able to provide grazing land for the ponies and as a result they will help to maintain the natural habitat at Warren Glen.

“We will continue to work with The Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust and hope to home a few more ponies during the summer months.”

“The Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust need local volunteers to help keep an eye on the ponies and ensure their continued welfare, so, if you would like to be involved please contact them for more information.

Anna Bogg, The Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust said: “We are delighted they are helping to sustainably manage the rare and important wildlife habitats that occur there.

“Exmoor ponies are a very hardy, native breed, ideally suited to the rugged terrain and relatively rough forage.

“They will help improve the biodiversity of the site by hampering the growth of the more dominant species, allowing some of the rarer species a chance to thrive, accessing areas where machines would not be able to go.”

Exmoors are Britain’s oldest native breed of ponies, thought to pre-date man.