I am mentioning this with the hope that it gains some national publicity in your magazine.
For those that aren't aware, the wild Carneddau ponies are under threat.
Visit http://www.daveroberts.f2s.com/Gallery/Pony.htm for some info on them.
They are required to get £75 pound passports due to EU legislation (see the links on my page). Exmoor ponies have been exempted.
A further point I dont see answered anywhere on the net is that the NT own much of the land they graze on and what are they doing about it?
Ok, the NT rent land to farmers, who in turn cannot afford the new £75
passports for horses.
But that is no excuse IMCO.
They are classed in some quarters as a wild breed.
If they had wings, i'm sure that there would be much more support for them. And i am certainly against the fact that the RSPB have funded the movement of these animals from the Carneddau to near Llyn Efyrynwy. Ok, it's better than culling them, but any money should be spent on these creatures being preserved in their *natural environment*.
Nobody would consider that saving the rhino would involve bringing it to a reserve in another country. To protect any creature, one preferably needs to preserve it within its own habitat.
T Dave Roberts.