Wild Exmoor Ponies in Sutton Park
This afternoon Ed and I went for a walk to see the wild Exmoor ponies in Sutton Park. I’ve lived in Birmingham for fourteen years and visit the park fairly often, but I’ve never seen the ponies before, just the cows. I just assumed the ponies were shy, and largely kept to themselves in the deepest parts of the woodland. I was hoping to see them today, but didn’t really think that we would.
The ponies in Sutton Park live and graze north of the railway line down near Bracebridge Pool. There were three ponies grazing on holly on the main road down by the restaurant on Bracebridge Pool, and we found another band in the woodland when we went for a walk around the lake. The ponies by the road were very curious and friendly, so much so that I stepped away from them on several occasions as every time I crouched down one of the mares approached me. She seemed quite friendly and calm, but I thought it best to keep a little distance. All of these photos were taken with an 85mm lens.
I was so happy to see them. They’re such beautiful animals, and it felt really special to see wild ponies so close in to the city centre as I’ve previously only ever encountered them on the hills and mountains in Shropshire and Wales.