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Food shortage affects rare ponies
Wild Exmoor pony in Sussex [pic: Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust]
Exmoor ponies are an endangered breed and famous for being hardy
A group of endangered wild ponies are to be temporarily re-homed because their food supplies have run low.

About 23 Exmoor ponies will be moved from Firle, near Lewes, Sussex, to feed on grassland in Hastings Country Park Local Nature Reserve.

The animals will stay for between eight and 10 weeks while the grass on their usual dining spot grows back.

It is hoped the ponies, which are an endangered breed, will help cut back grassland in the nature reserve.

Hastings Borough councillor Peter Finch said: "We're very pleased indeed that we are able to cater for these beautiful ponies for the coming weeks.

"I hope they enjoy their stay in the country park. They will be a real draw to visitors to the park, which is always worth a visit at any time of the year."

The wild ponies are owned by the Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust.

The trust owns 45 wild Exmoor ponies, whose task is to graze where farm livestock are unable to cope with the threats to wildlife.

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