Exmoor Ponies in Conservation Newsletter

Issue 2 Article 1

EPIC

Itís hard to believe that 12 months have passed since the first issue of Epicentre. It generated a lot of interest and quite some feedback, especially after Equiworld net gave us free web space to display the articles. People contacted us from North America, Denmark and Sweden as well as from up and down Great Britain.

Lewis Jackson's view of conservation grazing on Jack Scout in Silverdale

We have been approached by a number of conservation organisations for help in the establishment of Exmoor grazing projects. West Kent Wildlife Trust approached EPIC for the supply of a couple of handled Exmoors for their Burnham Moor site outside Maidstone. After a few months, they required another pony and were put in touch with an EPIC member who had an appropriate mare and was prepared to help with the management and support of the project. Another EPIC member started discussions with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust about the re-establishment of pony grazing on Skipwith Common and about setting up a new grazing project on a chalk grassland site near Market Weighton. Birmingham City Council has talked to us about a forthcoming grazing project with which they are involved.

EPIC became affiliated to the Exmoor Pony Society during the year and we were asked to make a small presentation to the committee members at the Annual General Meeting in Exford.

We hope that you enjoy this edition which has been kindly sponsored by the Exmoor National Park Authority.

Many thanks to all the contributors for their hard work and apologies for what got past the proof reader.