Ponies used to help an RSPB nature reserve

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Equine insurance customers might be interested to learn that four wild Konik ponies – a central European breed – have been put to work grazing the fields of an RSPB nature reserve in Yorkshire.

They have been introduced in order to create suitable conditions for ground-nesting birds such as lapwings at the Blacktoft Sands reserve. They have been brought from the RSPB's Minsmere site in Suffolk.

RSPB Blacktoft Sands visitor officer Mike Andrews believes that as well as creating the perfect breeding ground for the birds, the ponies will be popular among visitors.

"They are generally placid and look cute, but they are still essentially wild animals so we are asking people not to pet them and to keep a respectful distance," he added.

Konik ponies have been used in nature reserves across Europe to benefit wildlife in the past decade and last year RSPB North Warren in Suffolk began using the equine to graze among their fields.

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