Farmer appeals Natural England fine for grazing in protected area

A Cumbrian hill farmer is appealing a £16,000 charge for grazing a herd of Fell ponies on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI)

Fell ponies grazing
Fell ponies were likely to be bred in north-west England before the arrival of the Romans

A Cumbrian hill farmer is appealing having to pay £16,000 for grazing a herd of Fell ponies on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

William Potter, a farmer from Stonygill in Cumbria, was fined by the Carlisle Magistrates Court in September for allowing excessive numbers of Fell ponies onto Birkbeck Common, part of the Shap Fells SSSI, without Natural England’s consent.

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