TL5473 : Konik horses, Kingfishers Bridge

taken 9 months ago, 3 km from Barway, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Konik horses, Kingfishers Bridge
Konik horses, Kingfishers Bridge
From the nature reserve's website: LinkExternal link ​"These wetland specialists, originally from Poland, are perfectly suited for our grazing needs here ... They graze in much the same way as sheep, nipping rather than tearing at vegetation as cattle do. This enables them to close crop grass and rushes and has resulted in a varied sward very attractive to breeding waders. These small horses require very little human intervention, having very high natural resistance to parasites and inclement weather. Unlike many domestic horses, Koniks are much better able to control their own nutritional intake, often choosing browse and roughage over sweeter grasses, this is perfect for a grassland management situation where variety is required."
Kingfishers Bridge Nature Reserve

Since 1995 the Kingfishers Bridge Project has transformed 300 acres of arable farmland into a mosaic of wildlife habitats. Where tractors once cultivated the soil to grow potatoes and cereals there are now meadows with hundreds of wintering wildfowl, reedbeds with nesting Marsh Harriers and limestone cliffs with breeding Sand Martins and Kingfishers.
The project, which was started by private initiative, has many special features. It benefits from various water sources including clear clean water seeping from a limestone ridge which lies adjacent to the site. Water levels are carefully managed for optimum wildlife benefit with the use of banks, ditches and sluices which ensure none is wasted.
Reedbed, fen, mere, ditches, ponds, islands, meadows, scrapes and cliffs have all been created, each with the special features needed to attract a variety of species. For instance the reedbed has open pools, some deep water, an extensive ditch system and variable water depth to attract species such as Bittern. It has also been stocked with fish and small eels to ensure a good food supply is available.
Since 1995 over 300 plant taxa have been recorded, most of which have colonised naturally. A few have needed some help. Water Germander had declined in Eastern England to just 12 plants, all of which were here at Kingfishers Bridge.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 4 November, 2020   (more nearby)
Friday, 6 November, 2020
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5432 7309 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.0516N 0:15.8081E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 5429 7317
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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