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AONB: Howardian Hills

Exmoor pony grazing project

The Howardian Hills AONB team supported the formation of the Yorkshire Exmoor Pony Trust, who now have a ‘flying herd’ of ponies that conservation graze 7 sites (13.5ha in total) within the AONB. In the winter they go to other conservation sites around Yorkshire, for example to control Tor Grass on Wildlife Trust sites in the Yorkshire Wolds.

Some of the most important wildlife habitats in the Howardian Hills are small areas of rough species-rich grassland and calcareous fen. The problem was that many of these were unfenced and of very marginal agricultural value, resulting in them being ungrazed and pretty much abandoned.