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E p i c e n t r e
Issue 3

EXMOOR PONIES HAVE MADE THEIR MARK IN NORTH CUMBRIA

A small herd of Exmoor Ponies have been grazing an SSSI near Penrith, Cumbria. English Nature introduced them onto the site in November 1999. The site hosts an important colony of Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) butterflies which are in severe decline within the County. The ponies were brought on to clear scrub and enhance the correct environment for the Marsh Fritillary's foodplant, Devil's-Bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) with successful results. They will be continuing to graze the site next winter in co-operation with the site owner's and English Nature's Management Plan. The scheme was overseen by an associate of EPIC in conjuction with English Nature. Written by Tracy Robinson

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