Konik Ponies at Ballyquintin

In our article on 26th January, we mentioned the Konik ponies at Horse Island. (See that article for details about these interesting horses).

Konik pony

The ponies would normally be grazing the RSPB reserve at Portmore Lough, but during the winter months, the area floods and the ponies are kept elsewhere. During previous years, we have borrowed them to graze the National Trust sites at Horse Island and Cullintraw.  They are great at eating rushes, brambles and stripping the leaves off regrowing scrub.

Konik horses

If you would like to see them for yourself, they are currently at the Ballyquintin National Nature Reserve at the very southern tip of the Ards Peninsula.

Konik foal

If you park in the National Trust car park and walk out to the Second World War lookout hut, you should see them grazing on the grassland below.  But be quick, because they may not be kept there for very long.


About National Trust Volunteer Group

We are a group of National Trust Countryside Wardens and Volunteers who regularly get together to do a number of interesting projects to inhance our countryside and wildlife. We spend most of our time around the internationally important site of Strangford Lough and some near by countryside sites. If you ever fancy joining us for a day out, you will be made most welcome.
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