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Get Close to Neigh-ture This Spring

Exmoor ponies will be the 'mane' attraction at a special walk and talk around a South Tyneside beauty spot on Wednesday 10 April.

South Tyneside Council's Countryside Team has joined forces with the Moorland Mousie Trust to give nature enthusiasts the chance to discover more about the beauty and wildlife at Cleadon Hills Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

The Exmoor ponies were introduced on the site in 2015 as part of the Council's conservation grazing site management scheme. Roaming and grazing the land during the winter months, they help to preserve the habitat by encouraging greater floral diversity and creating benefits for invertebrates and ground nesting birds.

Councillor Nancy Maxwell, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety at South Tyneside Council, said: "Cleadon Hills Local Nature Reserve is a beautiful spot which is well loved by local people. The Exmoor ponies have proven to be a huge hit with visitors since becoming part of the stunning landscape four years ago.

"This walk and talk offers people a wonderful opportunity to meet the ponies and find out more about how they are helping to preserve and protect the species-rich grassland for future generations to enjoy."

The Cleadon Hills Walk and Talk is taking place:

  • On Wednesday 10th April;
  • At 6.30pm;
  • Meeting by the Old Windmill on Cleadon Hills, access from Sunniside Lane.

There is no need to book and all are welcome to attend. Those attending are advised to wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather.

For further information about the event, contact South Tyneside Council's Countryside Team on (0191) 424 7423 or email More information about Cleadon Hills Local Nature Reserve is available at


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