The National Trust and Natural England keep ponies to help maintain the conservation grazing programmes that are vitally important for a number of rare species across the Lizard. These species include Three-lobed Crowfoot, Land Quillwort, Yellow Centaury, Pygmy Rush, many rare clovers and the much loved Cornish Choughs (to name but a few). We also work with local farmers whose livestock help us keep the various habitats on our land in good condition. Most of our conservation grazing on the Lizard is supported by Higher Level Stewardship Schemes.
Natural England often has ponies out at Caerthillian Cove, Mullion and Goonhilly Downs and the National Trust out at Poltesco, Chynalls Point and Beagles Cliff.
Naturally, we have chosen breeds that can cope with being out on the cliffs all year long and have the temperament to suit their free roaming lifestyle. Our ponies and our tenants' cattle are very tolerant of all weather conditions and are well used to lots of visitors and their dogs. However, even though they are hardy and tolerant creatures, it is important that they are checked on a regular basis.
Reporting livestock problems
We endeavour to check our ponies regularly; however, should you notice that an animal has become injured or appears unwell, please let us know. Similarly, if you experience any other problems with livestock on our land please get in touch. We always appreciate hearing from those extra eyes and ears on the ground. Many thanks.