The more intrepid members of our Wildwood team recently spent a long and exhausting day at Stodmarsh moving four of our female Konik horses into a new winter friendly compartment of the nature reserve.
Our Konik horses were introduced at Stodmarsh to help naturally manage the wetland through their grazing habits, which provides a more biodiverse habitat. The area in which they were in was soggy, full of reed beds and, although they are extremely hardy creatures, we decided to move them to a drier area with more grazing availabilty to see out the winter months.
The task of moving these lovely yet stubborn animals was not made easier by the 2km route through an undulating landscape. The horses had to be kept moving so they didn't stop to eat and get lost in the wetland. They also needed to be moved as a herd, but kept at a certain speed so that our frail human legs could keep up. Not an easy task, but the move was a major success!
We'll be keeping an eye on them over the winter with regular site visits, we may even take them some special treats at Christmas!