This is Section 6 (Conservation Grazing) of Part 2 (Supporting Information) of A Fells on the Fells Action Plan. You can see the entire plan by clicking here.
Conservation grazing is the use of grazing animals to manipulate landscapes towards certain conservation goals. Sometimes there are also incentives for using rare breeds of livestock.
The Fell Pony is currently being used as a conservation grazer in parts of its native terrain. Click here to read more.
However, other breeds are also being used as conservation grazers in northern England and southern Scotland, suggesting there may be room for expanded use of Fell Ponies in the role. Click here to read more.
Land managers in need of conservation grazers often need things to be easy. Some organizations have created business models around conservation grazing. Click here to read more.
There is good news about Fell Ponies and conservation grazing, and there is also work to be done to utilize more Fell Ponies on the landscape for conservation work. Other breeds are utilized through not-for-profit organizations that are turnkey solutions for land stewards. Could a similar not-for-profit utilize Fell Ponies?