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All of our ponies were removed from the four triple SSSI sand dune sites near Hayle at the beginning of April . Sixteen of them went to Boswarva Carn, four to Caer Bran and five to the Men an TollCroft where they have become very popular with the many thousands of visitors that visit this ancient sacred site through out the summer. We also have another lady who kindly grazed four of her ponies on the rough ground at Leswidden. ( The young man in the picture , taken at Men an Tol ,is from France and the young woman from Belgium . )
The positive feed back we have had from the many people we have met whilst we have been checking our ponies at the Men an Tol has been fantastic and we know that many locals and winter visitors will be looking forward to see our ponies return soon once again to Mexico , Gwithian , Lethlean and Sandy Acres towans.
All of our young stock were out-wintered at White Downs where they stayed for this summer . With the help of a Higher Level Stewardship (H.L.S.) funding from Natural England we utilised the ancient well on White Downs by installing a bespoke solar pump with a low profile water header tank and drinking trough.We done this work avoiding excavating or drilling ,thus completely protecting any preciousarchaeology that may be present.
We were also given the unexpected opportunity to spend a day in a SHEPHERDING experiment on Nine Maidens Common after the gates onto White Downs were vandalised and our cattle escaped and made there way over to New Mill ( the picture shows our cattle at Nine Maidens)We have since put in temporary public access points( in an effort to stop the vandalism) to White Downs which will be replaced by permanentstiles and kissing gates very soon.
The main breeding herd of cattle have been conservation grazing at Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s new nature reserve at Bostraze as well as Wheal Buller , Boslow and Dry Carn