NNR Events

Events to celebrate the expansion of the Lizard National Nature Reserve

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.

 

Ponies on cliff top Yellow Centaury


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.

 

Livestock checking
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.


Our pony checks are carried out on a regular basis by a team of local staff and volunteers, to ensure that the ponies are all fit and well and that they have enough food and water. If you live or walk near a stretch of coast that has ponies on it, you might be able to help us with our checks. Currently most sites are well covered, but we would like to have a few extra volunteer pony checkers in the Coverack area. If you are interested please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01326 291174. (Please note: our tenant farmers are responsible for checking their own livestock.)

 

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.


To report a problem with a Natural England pony contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01326 240808.

 

To report a problem with a National Trust pony contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01326 291174.