Riding to rescue
Exmoor ponies on nature watch
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.