Exmoor ponies begin life at new home on Knettishall Heath

Exmoor ponies are settling into their new home after being relocated to a newly purchased area of heathland.

The ponies were released on to Knettishall Heath by Suffolk Wildlife Trust after it raised enough money to buy the land. It follows a campaign by the trust to raise �100,000 from members of the public, to add to a Heritage Lottery Fund of �720,000.

The total raised by the public is now more than �150,000 and still rising.

SWT West Suffolk sites manager Kerry Vaughan offered her thanks to everybody who donated.

She added: 'We are specifically celebrating the purchase with the arrival of Exmoor ponies as they will be key to the heath's restoration.

'The Exmoors – mainly geldings between five and 21 years old – will be our conservation grazers who will clear the overgrown heathland of encroaching scrub and bracken resulting in its revival.'

The trust now aims to turn the heath into its largest nature reserve.

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