A CONSERVATION society will be having a fundraising talk on the Exmoor Ponies who graze at a Tiptree wildlife spot.

Essex Wildlife Trust will be hosting a talk and tour about the ponies that graze Tiptree Heath on Sunday, May 20.

The event, called Meet the Exmoor Ponies, will be from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

It will start with a talk from Susannah Muir, an expert from the Exmoor Pony Society.

This is followed by guided walks round the heath, during which members of the public can meet the ponies which graze there.

Exmoor Ponies – an endangered, native breed - play a vital conservation role for Essex Wildlife Trust, by grazing and browsing nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife.

Claire Rodie, Fundraising and Events Assistant at Essex Wildlife Trust, said: “We’re really excited to be hosting this event.

“The ponies are beautiful animals in a beautiful setting and Susannah’s expertise is sure to make this a fun and informative afternoon for all the family to enjoy.”

After a winter on Tollesbury Wick, the eight geldings have recently returned for their annual summer sojourn on Tiptree Heath.

There, the ponies help to maintain the precious heathland, by enjoying the undergrowth and ensuring wooded areas do not spread.

Tiptree Heath is the largest area of lowland heathland remaining in Essex.

It is also the only place in the county where you will find all three species of heather – Ling, Cross-leaved and Bell – growing together.

The trust has requested donations of £5 for adult and £2.50 for children.

Refreshments will be provided after the event.

The nearest parking is in Tiptree.

To book tickets, click here or call 01621 862960.