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07 April 2012

Sunday Scene

Exmoor Ponies in Sutton Park

Official note
'Exmoor ponies were introduced to Sutton Park in an effort to maintain a heath and acid grassland habitat in the Bracebridge area, protecting it from birch and woodland encroachment. In other Exmoor pony trials, not only has the plant species composition been maintained, but birds (such as the nightjar on Skipwith Common, Yorkshire) and butterflies (such as the High Brown fritillary in Silverdale, Cumbria) have also benefitted. 'Before and after' effects have been and continue to be monitored in Sutton Park'

16 comments:

Brian Miller said...

very cool....we have horse farms nearby so love to see them, but these are in the wild?

Valerie said...

Totally wild, Brian. It's a pleasure to see them.

Ron said...

Valerie, what a beautiful capture!

There is such a wonderful serenity to this photo.

And VERY interesting to read about Exmoor Ponies. I had no idea!?! Thanks for sharing, dear lady!

Happy Easter to you!

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Valerie said...

Hi Ron. I didn't know the reason they were there until a speaker at my WI talked about them. In fact he told us things about the park that we didn't know and we've played, courted and walked dogs in there for years.

Jenny Woolf said...

Love these tough little ponies!

A man called Valance said...

It's a beautiful thing to see wild horses. I've seen them too, on Dartmoor. Lovely photo, Val.

I'm taking a little break from Blogsville now, Val. Nothing sinister, just recharging my batteries (hence the cliffhanger on The Porch.)Keep smiling, Pard.

Valerie said...

Hope the recharge goes well, Mister V. You are missed at those times but I understand. Take care, my friend.

A man called Valance said...

Thanks Val. (I'm gonna need a break too, since I don't know how I'm gonna write myself out of this jam!)

Valerie said...

I have confidence in your ability to think of something, Mister V. Stay focused, pard.

Mel said...

Oh, what a pretty picture--and what a wonderful thing to bring back a habitat that supports so much wildlife!

Blessings to you and yours on this Easter!

Linda said...

How lovely! Thank you so much for sharing.

Dan the Mountain Man said...

I hope the ponies are doing their job. While they look beautiful.

Paul Forster said...

A good scheme in place. A great photo of the ponies.

faye said...

Wonderful shot...wild ponies

L. D. Burgus said...

Wild horses I am assuming are really great to see out grazing. They probably are better that introducing goats. It is a pretty photo.

CrystalChick said...

The ponies look quite content there. Nice photo.