Rid­ing to res­cue

Ex­moor ponies on na­ture watch

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

GIVEN THAT Cat­t­er­ick is home to one of the re­gion’s nine race­courses, it’s ap­pro­pri­ate that equine horse­power is rid­ing to the res­cue at a nearby na­ture re­serve. It fol­lows the in­tro­duc­tion of Ex­moor ponies to help con­trol in­va­sive species at the Fox­glove Covert re­serve in the heart of Cat­t­er­ick Gar­ri­son so the land doesn’t re­vert to wood­land.

A hid­den gem, this 100acre re­serve is home to over 2,600 species of plant and wildlife as a well as a sta­teof-the-art vis­i­tor cen­tre used by 20,000 peo­ple each year. Full marks to the Army, and Rich­mond­shire District Coun­cil, for not only ap­pre­ci­at­ing the im­por­tance of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, and the duty of today’s lead­ers to pre­serve such sites for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, but for com­ing up with such a prag­matic so­lu­tion as the ponies go on na­ture watch. If only it was al­ways this sim­ple.

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