A herd of five Exmoor ponies will be returned to Hastings Country Park nature reserve this February. They form part of a mixed grazing system at the Park and, together with belted Galloway cattle, manage the wild hilly landscape of the glens. The acid grassland and coastal heathland habitats are some of the most threatened habitats in the UK and restoring them and protecting wildlife are part of the long-term eco-management aim. Members of the public are advised to enjoy looking at them but not to try and get too close or feed them.  

Councillor Fitzgerald, who is also Chair of the Hastings Country Park Management Forum, said: “HBC has declared a biodiversity and climate emergency in recognition of the continuing decline in the UK’s species and habitats. Here at Hastings Country Park we are making sure we are restoring habitats, protecting wildlife and reversing the decline in biodiversity.”

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