Carneddau ponies: Snow-hit farmers start pony burial

Dozens of ponies in Snowdonia were buried after they froze to death.

Related Stories

Farmers in Snowdonia have started to bury about 50 wild mountain ponies which died during March's heavy snow.

The Carneddau ponies - unique to the area - succumbed to the freezing conditions while on the Aber and Llanfairfechan mountains.

Farmers say they have been "devastated" by the losses - nearly half of all the 120 Carneddau ponies in Snowdonia.

EU rules have been relaxed to allow farmers who lost livestock to bury the dead animals.

The ponies - which have existed for thousands of years in the Carneddau mountains - are left by their owners to wander wild on the slopes.

It is not yet known how many died in the heavy snow, blizzards and drifts which hit mid and north Wales.

Start Quote

There are still quite a few snow drifts so there's places we can't go”

End Quote Gareth Wyn Jones Farmer

So far farmers have counted about 50 dead ponies and have gathered around 25 to start burying.

But farmer Gareth Wyn Jones said they had still only searched a quarter of the 27,000 acres of the mountains - and they feared more had died.

He added that the deaths of the ponies and hundreds of sheep was a "natural disaster".

"It's not a good time," he said.

"There are still quite a few snow drifts so there's places we can't go. The higher up places we will have to leave for another week before we even get there.

"We're just doing what we can to salvage things."

The Welsh government has relaxed EU rules which require farmers to pay others to remove carcasses from their land.

As well as extending the time for farmers to bury their livestock, Minister for Natural Resources and Food Alun Davies said he had also made £500,000 available to charities working with the farming industry.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Wales stories


Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases

  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up

  • Jamal Bryant'Buying black'

    Ferguson campaign targets Black Friday

  • Walmart employees and supporters block off a major intersection near the Walton Family Foundation to stage a protest calling for $15 an hour and consistent full-time work in downtown Washington October 16, 2014. Black mark

    Wal-Mart workers revolt against the annual shopping bonanza

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out


  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.