Konik conservation

Man created Norfolk Broads and man has to continue to work on them if they’re going to stay this way. Scrub and woodland would take over if it wasn’t grazed by animals - animals introduced specially by conservationists to do the job. Highland cattle would you believe? And Koniks which is Polish for 'little horse' so they not Konik ponies ‘cos that would mean 'pony ponies'! They’re actually related to wild horses from eastern Europe and they behave very much like wild horses. This is a little family group, one dominant stallion and a recently born foal. And they’ll eat just about anything including wood, so they fatten up during the summer and the English winter is nothing on a east European winter so they survive quite happily without extra fodder. Thus they are low maintenance as the conservationists like to say. The wild horses of Norfolk: looking good and doing an excellent job.

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Role Contributor
PresenterBill Oddie
Camera OperatorMartin Hayward-Smith
Camera OperatorRobin Riseley
Sound EngineerChris Watson
ProducerStephen Moss
ProducerNigel Bean

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