Our Trust helps to protect valuable wildlife habitats of the Sussex High Weald and South Downs through the delivery of conservation grazing with rare breed Exmoor ponies.
We work in close collaboration with local landowners and conservation agencies to provide a sustainable approach to limiting habitat degradation of our remaining chalk grassland and heathland. Most of the sites we graze are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), protected for the rare plant assemblages and species they support.
Exmoor ponies are a hardy native breed, ideally suited to this work, able to thrive on the relatively poor quality forage of nature conservation sites. Classed as ‘endangered’, their use across the country in this relatively new conservation role is helping to secure the future of the breed. We currently have several herds (77 ponies in total) grazing different sites across the county.
As a charitable, non-profit organisation, we depend heavily upon volunteers from local communities to help carry out our work, ensuring the welfare of the herds whilst keeping costs to a minimum.
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How to get involved
Supporting the Trust in its vital work can be done in a number of ways. Most of our volunteers assist by becoming ‘Lookers’ and help to ensure the welfare of the ponies.
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We are delighted to be launching our brand new website in 2014. It has been made possible by part-funding from the Brian Miles Memorial Fund. Brian was one of the founders of the Trust and one of its staunchest lookers, once recruiting a group of walkers on Christmas Day to join him to see the ponies and sing carols on the way. He requested that donations in his memory be passed on to the Trust and we are very...