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Written submission to:       HOUSE OF COMMONS AGRICULTURE BILL COMMITTEE

               Regarding:                   Public Payment for Public Goods
                                            Semi-wild Dartmoor Hill Pony herds

               1.          Reason for Submitting

               1      a)   This submission is made to fulfil Action 6 of the Your Dartmoor Action Plan; a

                           cross-agency strategic plan for Dartmoor National Park agreed by  numerous
                           partners including Dartmoor National Park Authority, Natural England, Dartmoor

                           Commoners’ Council et al.

                           Action 6 states: ‘Ensure that the importance of ponies for conservation grazing is

                           recognised in future management and funding’. Full Plan seen here:
                           https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Ae77a0cb4-7d1f-4d3f-8fbd-41c907686108
                           This submission  is the culmination  of four years of discussions between

                           Commoners’ Associations and  Natural England (James  Cross, CEO;  Dr  Pete

                           Brotherton, Director; John Holmes. Director).

               2.          Executive Summary

                           Ponies are an iconic sight on Dartmoor.  They are an agricultural animal, sold for
                           food.  They are directly impacted by Agriculture Policy and must therefore be

                           considered in this review of the Agriculture Bill.  The future and welfare of semi-

                           wild ponies on Dartmoor is firmly in DEFRA’s hands through the Department’s
                           treatment of them under the Agriculture Bill.

               2      a)   Semi-wild  Dartmoor Hill Pony herds on Dartmoor have been negatively

                           impacted by agri-environment schemes.

               2      b)   Semi-wild Dartmoor Hill Pony herds on Dartmoor are not sustained by market

                           alone.
               2      c)   Hill-farmers keeping semi-wild Dartmoor Hill Pony herds on Dartmoor commons

                           have no specific access to financial support.

               2      d)   Semi-wild Dartmoor Hill Pony herds are crucial to Dartmoor because:
                               ◊  they are central to the history and culture of hill-farming on Dartmoor.

                               ◊  they shape the landscape and biodiversity of Dartmoor in the way they

                                  graze alongside cattle and sheep.

                               ◊  of their contribution to tourism.  (National Parks are targeted with

                                  increasing visitor numbers by 10%).
                               ◊  they are a living Stonehenge:  they have been on Dartmoor since at least
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