Equine insurance: Rare Konik horses introduced to nature reserve

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Equine insurance: Rare Konik horses introduced to nature reserve

A nature reserve in Aberdeenshire has introduced Konik horses into its site, in order to help maintain its habitats.

Equine insurance policyholders have been told that the eight foals have been taken in to provide assistance at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) reserve near Crimond in Buchan.

The animals' natural grazing behaviour will help to maintain coarse grass banks and spread pollen and seedlings, thus aiding natural biodiversity in the grounds.

Dominic Funnell, manager at the site, said: "Koniks love eating rank tussocky vegetation and we have lots of it at Strathbeg. Currently we have to artificially strip it away to ensure our wetlands remain in top condition, but now, thanks to the grazing habits of these horses, we can ditch the machines."

Earlier this week, the Essex Echo reported that a horse and pony sanctuary in the county may have to close after 25 years of taking in neglected and abused animals.

April 08th 2011

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