Exmoor ponies have been a part of the landscape of Exmoor for hundreds if not thousands of years, their ability to survive harsh winters and adapt their environment makes them ideal for use on grazing projects.
The Moorland Mousie Trust has been co-ordinating and supporting environmental projects for over 20 years and currently manages close to 300 ponies across over 60 different sites throughout the UK.
Our knowledge and experience in ‘conservation grazing’ and ‘rewilding’ has given us the skills and opportunity to not only find new homes for the ponies which we take in but also to support other owners and land managers with their own pony grazing requirements.
Every site is special and unique just as each pony has their own temperament and suitability requirements. We pride ourselves on matching these factors and giving both the landscape and ponies a better future.
"Exmoor ponies make excellent environmental grazing tools. It is a fantastic opportunity of a natural life for these ponies and has far reaching social and environmental benefits such as positively impacting wildlife, designated landscapes and local communities.
At the Moorland Mousie Trust we are proud of partnership work in conservation grazing and rewilding"
Chair of Trustees, Juliet Rogers.
For any conservation grazing advice or support please contact Linzi Green on 01398 323093
Grazing Site Locations
The Moorland Mousie Trust supports grazing organisations and individuals all over the country and in Europe. Here are a few of the areas where you can see Exmoor ponies playing a vital role in conservation grazing.
Lydeard Hill, Quantocks, Somerset
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Six of our ponies are on loan to undertake scrub clearance and encourage rare species to flourish. The ponies are checked by the AONB rangers and local residents and dog walkers. They are very popular on this site and as the geldings grow up they will be replaced with younger ponies so that they can fulfill their potential in foster homes or at the Exmoor Pony Centre in working roles.
Woolacombe National Trust,
The uncles and colts grazing Woolacombe have it all, sun, sea and lots of grass! We coordinate with the Rangers to ensure optimum grazing levels and to remove youngsters for gelding throughout the year. It is a great site for them to grow up and mature.
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
The ponies are on this site to encourage the wildflowers to grow. They go onto the site in autumn to aide this. The ponies here are overseen by Juliet Rogers, the charity's chairman based in Northumberland. The ponies pictured are youngsters who have now been gelded and have gone to live in foster homes and grazing sites all over the country.