Horse and Fly

Native ponies are helping to save the threatened Bog Hoverfly at its last foothold – Dartmoor. Over the ages, low-intensity grazing on the uplands has generated strong ecological links between grazers and many other species.

Ponies thrive on some of the really rough, nutrient-poor vegetation of Dartmoor, and help to prevent scrub from taking over. As they munch, they clear the way for a whole range of things to fit between the tussocky grasses, and make conditions right for plants like Bog Asphodel and animals like the Bog Hoverfly.

Saving the bog hoverfly…

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